Definition of squabble in English:

squabble

noun

  • A noisy quarrel about something petty or trivial.

    ‘family squabbles’
    • ‘It's amazing how one strong and loving personality can keep all the petty squabbles in check.’
    • ‘Certainly the petty political squabbles could prove embarrassing if extensively reported on.’
    • ‘Until Congress and the FDA resolve their legal squabbles, consumers are on their own.’
    • ‘We've survived distance, illness and family squabbles and with every challenge we overcome, we get a little closer.’
    • ‘As adults, we tend to think children's squabbles are unnecessary, that they are trivia blown up out of all proportion.’
    • ‘These days our squabbles have taken a more controlled and grown-up turn.’
    • ‘In the mid-1850s, Scott's squabbles with Secretary of War Jefferson Davis were legendary.’
    • ‘The family did get into the occasional squabble over the latest dance crazes.’
    • ‘It's a private squabble which no-one else is interested in.’
    • ‘If you enjoy engaging in office politics or family squabbles, this is might be a much better alternative that does far less harm to others.’
    • ‘The drama centres on twin sisters, Dibs Hamilton and Girlie Delaney, and the ugly squabble over who gets to inherit Allandale, the family farm.’
    • ‘They're having a family squabble and want to suck in the rest of us.’
    • ‘As usual Papa found a way to settle the squabble.’
    • ‘Yet, politics forms a large part of the family squabbles.’
    • ‘During a family squabble, my parents told us exactly how ‘disappointed’ they were in us.’
    • ‘They were friends, and had had their share of squabbles and fights in the past, but this was different.’
    • ‘And there were more family squabbles as he fell out publicly with his brothers, sisters and father.’
    • ‘I learnt that, being the eldest, any arguments and squabbles would nearly always result in a smack for me.’
    • ‘Let the Times staff fight out their own professional squabbles.’
    • ‘He doesn't have time for his family's petty squabbles, or lounging around in bars with his mates.’
    quarrel, row, argument, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of words
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Quarrel noisily over a trivial matter.

    ‘the boys were squabbling over a ball’
    • ‘He might have caused a storm in a teacup in the corridors of the Westminster press lobby as journalists squabbled over who had the story, whether it was attributable and who had told The Sun anyway.’
    • ‘We'll still squabble like children, because you can't change human nature.’
    • ‘Even in the mixed teams, it's the girls that are squabbling and always having to have the last word.’
    • ‘The dispute spiralled as the neighbours squabbled over the boundary line running along their drive when Mr Johnson wanted to build a garage.’
    • ‘Mr Milnes said New Zealanders were squabbling over tax cuts while the environment was showing signs of stress.’
    • ‘Kerr and MacAveety are still squabbling about those bloody football tickets.’
    • ‘Last week, the Education Secretary was squabbling with the Deputy Prime Minister over school reforms.’
    • ‘Last night the former lovers were squabbling over the origin of William's middle name, Sanders.’
    • ‘As the US took decisive action to boost its economy and stockmarkets last week by cutting interest rates further, European Union ministers squabbled among themselves - and may yet pay the price for such dithering.’
    • ‘The parties have fought this election by issuing dire warnings, squabbling about details and calling each other names.’
    • ‘His reported penchant for trimming films in the editing suite has earned him the nickname Harvey Scissorhands, and he was rumoured to have squabbled furiously with Martin Scorsese over Gangs of New York.’
    • ‘Though they squabbled and argued and even fought on occasion, Joe adored his brother and was delighted to see him on the road to recovery at last.’
    • ‘They need to stop squabbling over who is the more honest.’
    • ‘We spent much of the next 20 minutes squabbling over who had the better of it.’
    • ‘Last month, they were said to have squabbled after Venus crashed out in the first round of the French Open and fled back to Florida, leaving her sister without a doubles partner.’
    • ‘It's fun to watch when the candidates start arguing between themselves, squabbling like petty children.’
    • ‘Britain and the United States squabbled endlessly - almost going to war at one stage - over exactly where the border between the two countries should run.’
    • ‘We already have too many boys squabbling over too many toys.’
    • ‘They concentrated on simple, direct promises to voters, while the other parties squabbled over more esoteric issues like EU expansion.’
    • ‘One of the biggest cultural events in Manchester could be shelved due to squabbling among the organisers.’
    • ‘At Monday's meeting of the Council the members originally squabbled among themselves as to whether or not to give the go-ahead.’
    • ‘Our four-year-old twins (age gap: two minutes) have fought and squabbled since they grasped the concept of owning anything.’
    quarrel, row, argue, bicker, have a fight, have a row, fight, fall out, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, have words, dispute, spar, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads
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Origin

Early 17th century: probably imitative; compare with Swedish dialect skvabbel ‘a dispute’.

Pronunciation

squabble

/ˈskwɑbəl//ˈskwäbəl/