from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in a disagreeable argument, usually over a trivial matter; wrangle. See Synonyms at argue.
  • n. A noisy quarrel, usually about a trivial matter.

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  • n. A minor fight or argument as between children, for example.
  • v. To participate in a minor fight or argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.
  • intransitive v. To contend for superiority in an unseemly manner; to scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel.
  • intransitive v. To debate peevishly; to dispute.
  • transitive v. To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry or are mixed and need careful readjustment; -- said of type that has been set up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To engage in a noisy quarrel or row; wrangle; quarrel and fight noisily; brawl; scuffle.
  • Synonyms To jangle. See quarrel, n.
  • In printing, to disarrange andmix (lines of composed types) when they are standing on their feet.
  • n. A wrangle; a dispute; a brawl; a scuffle; a noisy quarrel.
  • n. Synonyms Brawl, Wrangle, etc. See quarrel.

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

  • n. a quarrel about petty points
  • v. argue over petty things


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably of Scandinavian origin.

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Probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dialectal skvabbel ("a dispute, quarrel, gossip"), Norwegian dialectal skvabba ("to prattle"), German dialectal schwabbeln ("to babble, prattle"), Swedish dialectal skvappa ("to chide, scold", literally "make a splash").


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