Monday, August 24, 2015


Definition: (from
-verb (used without object)
1. to engage in a petty quarrel
-verb (used with object)
2. Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type)
3. a petty quarrel

"There was a heated squabble over the last piece of cake at the party. After that, holidays were awkward for years."
"The couple began to squabble about who would pay the check. You can guess who lost that one."

Origin: (from
"c. 1600, probably from a Scandinavian source and of imitative origin (compare dialectal Swedish skvabbel 'a quarrel, a dispute,' dialectal German schwabbeln 'to babble, prattle'). The verb also is from c. 1600."

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