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squabble

[skwob-uh l] /ˈskwɒb əl/
verb (used without object), squabbled, squabbling.
1.
to engage in a petty quarrel.
verb (used with object), squabbled, squabbling.
2.
Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type).
noun
3.
a petty quarrel.
Origin
Swedish dialect
Norwegian dialect
1595-1605
1595-1605; probably < Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabbel a quarrel, gossip, Norwegian dialect skvabba to prattle
Related forms
squabbler, noun
squabblingly, adverb
unsquabbling, adjective
Synonyms
1. quarrel, wrangle, bicker, fight.
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British Dictionary definitions for squab bling

squabble

/ˈskwɒbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to quarrel over a small matter
noun
2.
a petty quarrel
Derived Forms
squabbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect sqvabbel to quarrel
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Word Origin and History for squab bling

squabble

n.

c.1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Swedish skvabbel "quarrel," dialectal German schwabbeln "to babble, prattle"). The verb is recorded from c.1600.

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