Definitions

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  • n. A verbal argument.
  • v. To argue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To argue obstinately; bandy words; haggle.

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

  • n. a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

Etymologies

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Originated in Scottish, where argle refers to argument, and bargle to reduplication.

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  • Also argie-bargie. Cf. the adjective argol-bargolous, quarrelsome about trifles.

    May 26, 2011

  • It's of Scottish origin and often refers to arguments that are particularly pointless.

    July 8, 2009