squabble

[skwob-uhl]
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:
1595–1605; probably < Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabbel a quarrel, gossip, Norwegian dialect skvabba to prattle

squabbler, noun
squabblingly, adverb
unsquabbling, adjective


1. quarrel, wrangle, bicker, fight.
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squabble (ˈskwɒbəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to quarrel over a small matter
 
n
2.  a petty quarrel
 
[C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect sqvabbel to quarrel]
 
'squabbler
 
n

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squabble
c.1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Swedish skvabbel "quarrel," dialectal Ger. schwabbeln "to babble, prattle"). The verb is recorded from c.1600.
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Example sentences
Those who squabble over space disagree about why there are more species in the
  tropics than anywhere else.
The squabble about how to fix this problem had dragged on for years.
He said, however, that they had had a little squabble because he was going to
  buy a motor car business.
Other corporate siblings squabble over the family name.
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