Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British Slang A lively or disputatious discussion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

  • n. a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

Etymologies

Scots, reduplication of argie, argument, from argue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
It has been suggested that the term derives from the Scottish argle-bargle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The Grant's ranch was tranquil and gracious
    But Barbara and Rob disputatious.
    To praise argy-bargy
    They chose "RG bar G"
    To brand their own wide open spaces.

    November 18, 2016

  • The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.

    November 18, 2016

  • Isn't this how the British refer to the Falklands war, (oops, I mean 'la guerra de las Malvinas')?

    September 28, 2009

  • "Underneath the political argy-bargy, the policies are the same. The policy priority on both sides is to look after the interests of the largest polluters in the interest of protecting jobs by not undermining the competitiveness of the coal, aluminium and other big polluting industries against their competitors overseas."
    - Kenneth Davidson, Rudd Government an obedient servant of the big polluters, theage.com.au, 28 September 2009.

    September 28, 2009