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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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