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squabble Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a quarrel about petty points
    fuss; bicker; pettifoggery; bickering; tiff; spat.
  2. verb argue over petty things
    niggle; pettifog; bicker; brabble; quibble.
    • Let's not quibble over pennies

Squab"ble intransitive verb
Cf. dial. Sw. skvabbel a dispute, skvappa to chide.
imperfect & past participle Squabbled ; present participle & verbal noun Squabbling
  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.
Squab"ble transitive verb
  1. (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.
Squab"ble noun
  1. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.

Webster 1913

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