1808 Scottish, from earlier argle (16th century), presumably from argue + -le (“(frequentive)”), though possibly from Old Norse (Suio-Gothic) ierga – possibly influenced by haggle – plus rhyming reduplication, possibly from bargain, found in early variant aurgle-bargain (1720).
argle-bargle (plural argle-bargles)
- (slang) A verbal argument.
- (slang) To argue.
- John Jamieson, Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Tongue. p. 82
- ^ “Scalia's argle-bargle”, Ben Zimmer, Language Log, June 27, 2013
- Words in the Courtroom, from Mobspeak to "Argle-Bargle", Ben Zimmer, Word Routes, June 27, 2013
- ^ Word Detective, Issue of January 5, 2006, “Put up your duke's.”, Evan Morris.
- ^ “But ’tis a Daffin to debate, / And aurgle-bargain with our Fate.” —Allan Ramsay, Poems, “The Rise and Fall of Stocks, 1720. An Epistle to the Right Honorable my Lord Ramsay.”, p. 270