Definition of Squabble

1. Noun. A quarrel about petty points.

Exact synonyms: Bicker, Bickering, Fuss, Pettifoggery, Spat, Tiff
Generic synonyms: Dustup, Quarrel, Row, Run-in, Words, Wrangle
Derivative terms: Bicker, Fussy, Pettifog, Spat



2. Verb. Argue over petty things. "Sam wants to squabble with Sue "; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
Exact synonyms: Bicker, Brabble, Niggle, Pettifog, Quibble
Generic synonyms: Argue, Contend, Debate, Fence
Derivative terms: Bicker, Niggler, Pettifogger, Pettifoggery, Quibbler

Definition of Squabble

1. v. i. To contend for superiority in an unseemly maner; to scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel.

2. v. t. 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.

3. n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.

Definition of Squabble

1. Noun. A minor fight or argument as between children, for example. ¹

2. Verb. To participate in a minor fight or argument. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Squabble

1. to quarrel [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES] - See also: quarrel

Lexicographical Neighbors of Squabble

squab-chick
squab pie
squab pies
squabash
squabashed
squabashes
squabashing
squabbed
squabber
squabbest
squabbier
squabbiest
squabbing
squabbish
squabble (current term)
squabbled
squabbler
squabblers
squabbles
squabbling
squabbly
squabby
squabness
squabs
squacco
squaccos
squad
squad automatic weapon
squad automatic weapons

Literary usage of Squabble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"This led him into a squabble with some local clergy. Field, who was always ready for a pamphlet war, issued the first of many productions of his incisive ..."

2. The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Including the Private as Well as the by Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow (1904)
"11 Declines jurisdiction of a sectarian squabble. To Mr. Francis Childs, November 19, 1788 ... 15 Asks payment of a debt. To Mrs. Partridge, November 25, ..."

3. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... called Cobble Hill, will soon create a squabble as to which shall have it. It will not be many days before a contest begins, which will probably bring ..."

4. The Town: Its Memorable Characters and Events. St. Paul's to St. James's by Leigh Hunt (1848)
"squabble between the Spanish and French Ambassadors. — Hungerford Market. — Craven Street. — Franklin.—Northumberland House. ..."

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