Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[Cf. dial. Sw.
To contend for superiority in an unseemly manner; to scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel.
To debate peevishly; to dispute.
The sense of these propositions is very plain, though logicians might
squabblea whole day whether they should rank them under negative or affirmative.
Syn. – To dispute; contend; scuffle; wrangle; quarrel; struggle.
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.
A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To contend for superiority; to scuffle; to struggle; as, two persons squabble in sport.
2.To contend; to wrangle; to quarrel.
3.To debate peevishly; to dispute. If there must be disputes, it is less criminal to squabble than to murder.
[Squabble is not an elegant word in any of its uses. In some of them it is low.]