Definition of argle-bargle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːg(ə)lˌbɑːg(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • 1Copious but meaningless talk or writing; waffle: bureaucratic argle-bargle
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    • That's the gist of the new national security report, 49 pages of argle-bargle updated from argle-bargle of 2002.
    • The folks on the Nova Roma group are having an argle-bargle about it.
    • I'll spare you the technical argle-bargle.


early 19th century: reduplication of dialect argle, a late 16th-century alteration of argue.

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