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Squabble definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SQUABBLE, v.i. [I know not the origin of this word, but it seems to be from the root of wabble; G., to vibrate, to quake, to be sleek. See Squab.]
1. To contend for superiority; to scuffle; to struggle; as, two persons squabble in sport.
2. To contend; to wrangle; to quarrel.
3. To debate peevishly; to dispute. If there must be disputes, it is less criminal to squabble than to murder.
[Squabble is not an elegant word in any of its uses. In some of them it is low.]
SQUABBLE, n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl; a petty quarrel.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss] v
1: argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabbel dispute Date: 1602 a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over petty matters Synonyms: see quarrel II. intransitive verb (squabbled; squabbling) Date: 1604 to quarrel noisily and usually over petty matters squabbler noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a petty or noisy quarrel. --v.intr. engage in a squabble. Derivatives: squabbler n. Etymology: prob. imit.: cf. Sw. dial. sqvabbel a dispute

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squabble Squab"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squabbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Squabbling.] [Cf. dial. Sw. skvabbel a dispute, skvappa to chide.] 1. To contend for superiority in an unseemly maner; to scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel. 2. To debate peevishly; to dispute. The sense of these propositions is very plain, though logicians might squabble a whole day whether they should rank them under negative or affirmative. --I. Watts. Syn: To dispute; contend; scuffle; wrangle; quarrel; struggle.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squabble Squab"ble, v. t. (Print.) To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry or are mixed and need careful readjustment; -- said of type that has been set up.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squabble Squab"ble, n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(squabbles, squabbling, squabbled) When people squabble, they quarrel about something that is not really important. Mother is devoted to Dad although they squabble all the time... My four-year-old squabbles with his friends... V-RECIP: pl-n V, V with n squabbling In recent months its government has been paralysed by political squabbling. N-UNCOUNT Squabble is also a noun. There have been minor squabbles about phone bills. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. 1. Quarrel, wrangle, fight, scuffle, struggle, brawl. 2. Dispute, contend, jangle, brawl, bicker, altercate, wrangle. II. n. Brawl, wrangle, dispute, petty quarrel, broil, scrimmage, rumpus.

Moby Thesaurus

altercate, altercation, argufy, argument, beef, bicker, bicker over, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, caterwaul, clash, contend about, contention, contest, controversy, differ, dispute, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, embroilment, encounter, fall out, feud, fight, fight over, flite, fliting, fracas, fuss, hassle, have words, imbroglio, join issue, logomachy, open quarrel, polemic, quarrel, quarrel over, quibble, row, scrap, set to, sharp words, slanging match, snarl, spar, spat, squabble over, strife, take issue with, tiff, tussle, vendetta, words, wrangle, wrangle over

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