[ skwob-uhl ]
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verb (used without object),squab·bled, squab·bling.
  1. to engage in a petty quarrel.

verb (used with object),squab·bled, squab·bling.
  1. Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type).

  1. a petty quarrel.

Origin of squabble

1595–1605; probably <Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabbel a quarrel, gossip, Norwegian dialect skvabba to prattle

Other words for squabble

Other words from squabble

  • squabbler, noun
  • squab·bling·ly, adverb
  • un·squab·bling, adjective

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How to use squabble in a sentence

  • Walpole calls him "the voluminous squabbler in behalf of the most unjustifiable excesses of Charles the Second's Administration."

  • Then came another Sparrow that turned out to be the squabbler.

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British Dictionary definitions for squabble


/ (ˈskwɒbəl) /

  1. (intr) to quarrel over a small matter

  1. a petty quarrel

Origin of squabble

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect sqvabbel to quarrel

Derived forms of squabble

  • squabbler, noun

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