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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Scots, 19th century


Copious but meaningless talk or writing; nonsense.

Examples of Argle-Bargle in a sentence

"The instructions for setting up my home-theater system are 48 pages of argle-bargle."

"When I’m nervous, I talk constantly, but it’s all argle-bargle."

About Argle-Bargle

“Argle-bargle” is based on the Scots word “argle,” possibly a mispronunciation of “argue” and meaning the same. The Scots expression “argy-bargy” is a variation.

Did you Know?

Like “whoopsy-daisy” or “hurly-burly,” “argle-bargle” is an example of rhyming reduplication — when a new word is created by repeating a word or adding a second similar-sounding word. “Argle-bargle” was based on the Scots word “argle,” meaning “argue,” but it took on the meaning of a verbal argument. Over time, “argle-bargle” went from describing a multiparty argument to an expression of disdain for a copious volume of words that don’t say much of anything at all.

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