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 wrangle; to quarrel. [1913 Webster]

2. To debate peevishly; to dispute. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To dispute; contend; scuffle; wrangle; quarrel; struggle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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