kabbeln

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See also: käbbeln

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Via German Low German from Middle Low German kabbelen. Probably related to Kiefer (jaw) and originally meaning “to move one’s jaws (in order to speak or bite)”. Cognate with Dutch kabbelen (to babble).

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kabbeln (third-person singular simple present kabbelt, past tense kabbelte, past participle gekabbelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (reflexive, regional, chiefly Northern Germany) to tease each other, to fight with each other in a not dangerous way
    Unsre beiden Jungs kabbeln sich immer so'n bisschen.
    Our two boys always have their little fights.

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