Related to Swedish dialectal skvabbel (“a dispute, quarrel, gossip”), Norwegian dialectal skvabba (“to prattle”), German dialectal schwabbeln (“to babble, prattle”), Swedish dialectal skvappa (“to chide, scold”, literally “make a splash”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈskwɒbl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈskwɑːbl/
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- Rhymes: -ɒbəl
squabble (plural squabbles)
- A minor fight or argument.
- The children got into a squabble about who should ride in the front of the car.
- (intransitive) To participate in a minor fight or argument; to quarrel.
- The brothers were always squabbling with each other.
- 1725, Isaac Watts, Logick, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth With a Variety of Rules to Guard:
- The sense of these propositions is very plain and easy, though logicians might perhaps squabble a whole day whether they should rank them under negative or affirmative.
- (transitive, printing) To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry and require readjustment.
- to squabble type
- See also Thesaurus:squabble