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verb[no object]dialect, humorous
Argue or quarrel, typically about something trivial.‘It won't do to argufy, I tell you’
quarrel, disagree, row, squabble, bicker, fight, wrangle, dispute, feud, have a row, bandy words, have words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throatsView synonyms
- ‘But there was something more than teenage argufying going on here.’
- ‘By any standard his Collected Poems of 1986 is a major achievement, and as religious as R.S. but accepting rather than argufying.’
- ‘They started to argufy but nobody remembered how many cans there were at the very beginning.’
- ‘Men amused themselves in the mess by argufying sometimes about any silly subject.’
- ‘The other day they got their heads together, and wanted me to do something, and I refused flatly, and they begged, and entreated, and argufied, till I made them all get down on their knees and ask me.’
Late 17th century: fanciful formation from argue; compare with speechify.
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