E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dispute (2 syl.)
means, literally, to lop down (Latin, dis-puto); debate means to knock down (French, débattre); discuss means to shake down (Latin, dis-quatio); object is to cast against (Latin, ob-jacio); contend is to pull against (Latin, contendo); quarrel is to throw darts at each other (Welsh, cwarel, a dart); and wrangle is to strain by twisting (Swedish, vränga; Anglo-Saxon, wringan).