One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A petty or pointless dispute, a squabble; trivial or nonsensical speech or writing; squabbling, quarrelling; idle chit-chat. Only in collocation "pribble and prabble".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. Variant of prabble, perhaps arising from the reduplicated formation pribble-prabble (which is attested slightly earlier).
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