- to engage in petulant or peevish argument; wrangle: The two were always bickering.
- to run rapidly; move quickly; rush; hurry: a stream bickering down the valley.
- to flicker; glitter: The sun bickered through the trees.
- an angry, petty dispute or quarrel; contention.
Origin of bicker1
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- any wooden dish or bowl, especially a wooden porridge bowl.
- Obsolete. a wooden drinking cup.
Origin of bicker2
Examples from the Web for bicker
All we think old people do is bicker about how different you are.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
They bicker and backstab and yell—and there is quite a bit of yelling.Why ‘It’s Always Sunny’ Is Funny: An Examination of Scenes, Stripped of Context
November 10, 2013
And it must get us to root for survivors who often bicker or self-sabotage when we just want them to move forward.‘The Walking Dead’: Season 4 Premiere Reminds Us Why We Love This Show
October 14, 2013
The purpose of a campaign, after all, is to bicker about economic conditions and government actions.Who's the Candidate of Small Business?
October 25, 2012
A pair of student leaders sit inches away from each other and bicker about the region Telangana becoming a separate state.10 Live TV Brawls (VIDEO)
July 15, 2012
To bicker, argue, and debate would have been entirely at odds with its standards.Paul and the Printing Press
Sara Ware Bassett
And who taught me to smoke a cobbler, pin a losen, head a bicker, and hold the bannets?Red Gauntlet
Sir Walter Scott
The house which Bicker occupied had always been used as a tavern.Old Taverns of New York
William Harrison Bayles
It will be a heavy deficit—a staff out o' my bicker, I trow.Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Yet now I will not bicker with thee, for be sure that I am glad at heart.The Roots of the Mountains
- to argue over petty matters; squabble
- (esp of a stream) to run quickly
- to flicker; glitter
- a petty squabble
Word Origin and History for bicker
early 14c., bikere, "to skirmish, fight," perhaps from Middle Dutch bicken "to slash, stab, attack," + -er, Middle English frequentative suffix. Meaning "to quarrel" is from mid-15c. Related: Bickered; bickering.
c.1300, skirmish, battle; from the same source as bicker (v.). In modern use, often to describe the sound of a flight of an arrow or other repeated, loud, rapid sounds, in which sense it is perhaps at least partly echoic.