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squabble Syllabification: squab·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈskwäbəl/

Definition of squabble in English:


A noisy quarrel about something petty or trivial: family squabbles
More example sentences
  • We've survived distance, illness and family squabbles and with every challenge we overcome, we get a little closer.
  • He doesn't have time for his family's petty squabbles, or lounging around in bars with his mates.
  • During a family squabble, my parents told us exactly how ‘disappointed’ they were in us.


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Quarrel noisily over a trivial matter: the boys were squabbling over a ball
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  • We already have too many boys squabbling over too many toys.
  • It's fun to watch when the candidates start arguing between themselves, squabbling like petty children.
  • Our four-year-old twins (age gap: two minutes) have fought and squabbled since they grasped the concept of owning anything.


Pronunciation: /ˈskwäb(ə)lər/
Example sentences
  • In return, Auckland City has been governed by petty squabblers who indulge in personal attacks on each other.
  • This week it's The Taming of the Shrew, Franco Zeffirelli's 1967 adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about two squabblers (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) who fall in love.


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

Words that rhyme with squabble

bobble, Chernobyl, cobble, gobble, hobble, knobble, nobble, wobble
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