Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To dispute (a point).
  • intransitive verb To argue aimlessly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To argue, commonly in a pertinacious manner, or for the sake of controversy; wrangle.
  • To have weight as an argument; import; signify.
  • To contend about; worry with argument.
  • To signify; mean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb colloq. To argue pertinaciously.
  • verb colloq. To signify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to argue without any aim; to dispute; wrangle; to disagree

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb have a disagreement over something

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

argue +‎ -fy

Examples

  • However, I was spared the trouble, for soon the children retired and the conversation drifted around to Mormonism and polygamy; and our hostess seemed to want to talk, so I just listened, for Mrs. O'Shaughnessy rather likes to "argufy"; but she had no argument that night, only her questions started our hostess's story.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader

  • However, I was spared the trouble, for soon the children retired and the conversation drifted around to Mormonism and polygamy; and our hostess seemed to want to talk, so I just listened, for Mrs. O'Shaughnessy rather likes to "argufy"; but she had no argument that night, only her questions started our hostess's story.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader

  • For what skill had I to argufy with a man of such infinite parts?

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • "Miss Prue and her pa do argufy to beat the band," Nancy remarked to

    The Little Red Chimney Being the Love Story of a Candy Man

  • Theological wrangles belong essentially to a pioneer people: an earnest, stubbornly honest people, whose lives are given over to a battle with the elements and the brute forces of Nature, always argufy.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Reformers

  • "Now, Barnabas" -- remonstrated his father, rasping his chin harder than ever -- "wherefore argufy -- if you do go for to argufy --"

    The Amateur Gentleman

  • You can't argufy without it; you only talk foolish, like you are doing now. '

    The Substitute Deep Waters, Part 9.

  • It came to him as he watched the panama hat and the white sailor going down the Ridge Trail that you can't argufy national problems; nor compromise on them; nor enter on any treaty of peace but the peace that is a victory.

    The Freebooters of the Wilderness

  • You can't argufy without it; you only talk foolish, like you are doing now. '

    Deep Waters, the Entire Collection

  • It's argufy here and argufy there, an 'while yer at that, me an' the rest av us is squeezin 'the fun out o' life.

    Romany of the Snows, Continuation of "Pierre and His People"

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