argle-bargle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originated in Scottish, where argle refers to argument, and bargle to reduplication.[1]

Noun[edit]

argle-bargle (plural argle-bargles)

  1. (slang) A verbal argument.

Verb[edit]

argle-bargle (third-person singular simple present argle-bargles, present participle argle-bargling, simple past and past participle argle-bargled)

  1. (slang) To argue.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped, ch. 11
      Last night ye haggled and argle-bargled like an apple-wife; and then passed me your word, and gave me your hand to back it; and ye ken very well what was the upshot.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Word Detective 010506