Definition of argy-bargy in English:


Syllabification: ar·gy-bar·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌärjēˈbärjē

noun (plural argy-bargies)

informal , chiefly British
Noisy quarreling or wrangling.
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  • Yesterday, Sal had a wobbly moment at school that Flynn hadn't previously been aware of; he soon realises that it came straight after their bit of argy-bargy in the diner.
  • There's nothing like getting involved in a bit of argy-bargy to take your mind off the fact that you haven't moved in 20 minutes.
  • There was a bit of argy-bargy in the scrum, but nothing worth reading too much into.


late 19th century (originally Scots): rhyming jingle based on argue.

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