Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. squabble
  • v. to squabble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wrangle; a squabble; a noisy contest or dispute.
  • intransitive v. To wrangle; to dispute contentiously; to squabble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wrangle; dispute contentiously; squabble.
  • n. A wrangle; squabble; noisy contest or dispute.
  • n. A kind of dance. See brantle.

Etymologies

Perhaps related to branle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [From en - + brangle (to shake), from French branler (to shake).]

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » The Music of Language

  • What a charming possession of himself, that he could be in such a brangle, as I may call it, and which might have had fatal consequences; yet be so wholly, and so soon, divested of the subject; and so infinitely agreeable upon half a score others, as they offered from one or other as we sat at tea!

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Well, said he, that were all one to me, to want both legs and arms, provided you and I had but one merry bout together at the brangle-buttock game; for herewithin is — in showing her his long codpiece — Master John Thursday, who will play you such an antic that you shall feel the sweetness thereof even to the very marrow of your bones.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • In that posture, he, after God, saved the said ark from danger, for with his legs he gave it the brangle that was needful, and with his foot turned it whither he pleased, as a ship answereth her rudder.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I don't know exactly how it was, but they got into a brangle, and everything went wrong; and then there was so much evil feeling and fighting and killing, and 'there was confusion, and every evil work.'

    Oldtown Folks

  • I was a fool, it 's a fact, to let any such brangle come up; but when the boy set up his will, he had to be broke in.

    The Christian Slave: A Drama

  • "I was a fool, it's a fact, to let any such brangle come up," said

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • "I was a fool, it's a fact, to let any such brangle come up," said Legree; "but, when the boy set up his will, he had to be broke in."

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • The cause whie they haunte solitarie places, it is by reason, that they may affraie and brangle the more the faith of suche as them alone hauntes such places.

    Daemonologie.

  • Well, said he, that were all one to me, to want both legs and arms, provided you and I had but one merry bout together at the brangle-buttock game; for herewithin is -- in showing her his long codpiece -- Master John Thursday, who will play you such an antic that you shall feel the sweetness thereof even to the very marrow of your bones.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2

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