Definition of squabble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

squabble

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːbl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squabble
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːbl//
 
he / she / it squabbles
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːblz//
 
past simple squabbled
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːbld//
 
past participle squabbled
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːbld//
 
-ing form squabbling
BrE BrE//ˈskwɒblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɑːblɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] squabble (with somebody) (about/over something) to argue noisily about something that is not very important synonym bicker My sisters were squabbling over what to watch on TV. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably imitative; compare with Swedish dialect skvabbel ‘a dispute’.

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