- to engage in a petty quarrel.
- Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type).
- a petty quarrel.
Origin of squabble
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Examples from the Web for squabbled
For almost fifteen years now, the two republics have squabbled over money, European Union status and, you guessed it, borders.Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
While Boehner and the Democrats squabbled over relatively meaningless cuts, the president sat back and played referee.Government Shutdown: How Obama Rose Above
April 8, 2011
Most recently, with private capital nearly unavailable, Silverstein and the Port Authority have squabbled over funding.Five Fall Feuds
Samuel P. Jacobs
September 4, 2009
We squabbled over some amateur theatricals, and she has cut my acquaintance ever since.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The dories roved and fished and squabbled till a swell underran the sea."Captains Courageous"
His cousins got into bed, and then squabbled about the largest share.The Grey Woman and other Tales
Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
The two loved each other the better the more they squabbled.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up
Clarence Edward Mulford
The night before the flying-foxes had screamed and squabbled round the house.The Exiles of Faloo
- (intr) to quarrel over a small matter
- a petty quarrel
Word Origin and History for squabbled
c.1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Swedish skvabbel "quarrel," dialectal German schwabbeln "to babble, prattle"). The verb is recorded from c.1600.