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From Scots, variant of argle-bargle, documented since 1822, presumably due to replacement of + -le (“frequentative”) with + -y (“diminutive”), documented since 1857, but without effect on the meaning.
- (General American) spelling pronunciation: IPA(key): /ˈɑɹdʒiˌbɑɹdʒi/, traditional pronunciation: IPA(key): /ˈɑɹɡiˌbɑɹɡi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɑːdʒiˌbɑːdʒi/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)dʒi
- (chiefly UK) A noisy disagreement, often with some fighting
- There was a bit of an argy-bargy over the matter.
- (chiefly UK) To argue.
- 1897, J. M. Barrie, chapter 6, in Margaret Ogilvy:
- Ten minutes at the least did she stand at the door argy-bargying with that man.