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  • 1 Squabble — Squab ble (skw[o^]b b l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squabbled} ( b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squabbling} ( bl[i^]ng).] [Cf. dial. Sw. skvabbel a dispute, skvappa to chide.] 1. To contend for superiority in an unseemly manner; to scuffle; to struggle; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 squabble — n *quarrel, wrangle, altercation, bickering, spat, tiff Analogous words: dispute, controversy, *argument: row, rumpus, scrap, *brawl, broil squabble vb quarrel, wrangle, altercate, bicker, spat, tiff (see under QUARREL n) Analogous words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 squabble — [n] argument altercation, bickering, controversy, difference, difference of opinion, disagreement, dispute, feud, fight, flap*, fuss*, hassle, quarrel, row*, scene*, scrap*, set to*, spat*, tiff*, words*, wrangle; concept 46 Ant. agreement,… …

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  • 4 squabble — ► NOUN ▪ a trivial noisy quarrel. ► VERB ▪ engage in a squabble. ORIGIN probably imitative …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 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. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Squabble — Squab ble, n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 squabble — index affray, altercation, bicker, brawl (noun), brawl (verb), confrontation (altercation), contend ( …

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  • 8 squabble — (n.) c.1600, probably of imitative origin (Cf. dialectal Swedish skvabbel quarrel, dialectal Ger. schwabbeln to babble, prattle ). The verb is recorded from c.1600 …

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  • 9 squabble — [skwäb′əl] vi. squabbled, squabbling [< Scand as in Swed skvabbel, a dispute] to quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle n. a noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle SYN. QUARREL2 squabbler n …

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  • 10 squabble — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ minor, petty ▪ bitter, unseemly (BrE) ▪ domestic, family, marital ▪ polit …

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  • 11 squabble — UK [ˈskwɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈskwɑb(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms squabble : present tense I/you/we/they squabble he/she/it squabbles present participle squabbling past tense squabbled past participle squabbled to argue with someone about… …

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  • 12 squabble — I n. a squabble about, over; between; with II v. (D; intr.) to squabble about, over; with * * * [ skwɒb(ə)l] between over with (D; intr.) to squabble about a squabble about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 squabble — squab|ble [ˈskwɔbəl US ˈskwa: ] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to argue about something unimportant = ↑quarrel squabble over/about ▪ They re always squabbling over money. squabble with ▪ He s squabbling with …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 squabble — [[t]skwɒ̱b(ə)l[/t]] squabbles, squabbling, squabbled V RECIP When people squabble, they quarrel about something that is not really important. [pl n V] Mother is devoted to Dad although they squabble all the time... [pl n V over/about n] The… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 squabble — Synonyms and related words: 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 …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 squabble — noun a trivial noisy quarrel. verb engage in a squabble. Derivatives squabbler noun Origin C17: prob. imitative; cf. Swed. dialect skvabbel a dispute …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 squabble — verb (I) to quarrel continuously about something unimportant (+ about/over): The kids are still squabbling about whose turn it is to wash the dishes. squabble noun (C) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 squabble — 1. noun there was a squabble over which way they should go Syn: quarrel, disagreement, argument, contretemps, falling out, dispute, clash, blowup, altercation, shouting match, row, exchange, war of words; informal tiff, set to, run in, spat,… …

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  • 19 squabble — 1. noun there was a brief squabble Syn: quarrel, disagreement, row, argument, dispute, wrangle, clash, altercation; informal tiff, set to, run in, scrap, dust up; Brit.; informal barney, ding dong; N.Amer.; in …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 squabble — [ˈskwɒb(ə)l] verb [I] to argue with someone about something that is not important squabble noun [C] …

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