Adjective "squabbling" definition and examples

(Squabbling may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A noisy quarrel about something trivial.
  1. 'Let the Times staff fight out their own professional squabbles.'
  2. 'During a family squabble, my parents told us exactly how ‘disappointed’ they were in us.'
  3. 'If you enjoy engaging in office politics or family squabbles, this is might be a much better alternative that does far less harm to others.'
  4. 'It's a private squabble which no-one else is interested in.'
  5. 'He doesn't have time for his family's petty squabbles, or lounging around in bars with his mates.'
  6. 'In the mid-1850s, Scott's squabbles with Secretary of War Jefferson Davis were legendary.'
  7. 'Yet, politics forms a large part of the family squabbles.'
  8. 'I learnt that, being the eldest, any arguments and squabbles would nearly always result in a smack for me.'
  9. 'And there were more family squabbles as he fell out publicly with his brothers, sisters and father.'
  10. 'The drama centres on twin sisters, Dibs Hamilton and Girlie Delaney, and the ugly squabble over who gets to inherit Allandale, the family farm.'


Quarrel noisily over a trivial matter.
  1. 'Mr Milnes said New Zealanders were squabbling over tax cuts while the environment was showing signs of stress.'
  2. 'His reported penchant for trimming films in the editing suite has earned him the nickname Harvey Scissorhands, and he was rumoured to have squabbled furiously with Martin Scorsese over Gangs of New York.'
  3. 'It's fun to watch when the candidates start arguing between themselves, squabbling like petty children.'
  4. 'Kerr and MacAveety are still squabbling about those bloody football tickets.'
  5. 'They concentrated on simple, direct promises to voters, while the other parties squabbled over more esoteric issues like EU expansion.'
  6. 'Even in the mixed teams, it's the girls that are squabbling and always having to have the last word.'
  7. 'Our four-year-old twins (age gap: two minutes) have fought and squabbled since they grasped the concept of owning anything.'
  8. 'We already have too many boys squabbling over too many toys.'
  9. 'He might have caused a storm in a teacup in the corridors of the Westminster press lobby as journalists squabbled over who had the story, whether it was attributable and who had told The Sun anyway.'
  10. 'Last week, the Education Secretary was squabbling with the Deputy Prime Minister over school reforms.'
  11. 'We spent much of the next 20 minutes squabbling over who had the better of it.'

More definitions

1. to engage in a petty quarrel. verb (used with object), squabbled, squabbling.

2. Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type). noun

3. a petty quarrel.

More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be squabbling."

"coalitions can be squabbling."

"leaders can be squabbling."

"politicians can be squabbling."

"majorities can be squabbling."

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(squabble)Early 17th century: probably imitative; compare with Swedish dialect skvabbel ‘a dispute’.