- an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
- a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling: She has no quarrel with her present salary.
- to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
- to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
- to make a complaint; find fault.
Origin of quarrel1
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for quarreling
Most recently, members of the American Psychiatric Association are quarreling about whether grief is a disease entity—depression.Bereavement Doesn’t Equal Depression, and It’s No Disease for the DSM
T. Byram Karasu
January 27, 2012
I should never have comfort but in his absence, or when I was quarreling with him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Sometimes when there was quarreling between the clans they would not receive a messenger.The Trail Book
Which shows that the hour had not been spent in quarreling, at all events.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Says your uncle Silas is like a changed man, on account of all this quarreling.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Was it reasonable to keep on quarreling when the whole village was embracing?The Fte At Coqueville
- an angry disagreement; argument
- a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance
- to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
- to find fault; complain
- an arrow having a four-edged head, fired from a crossbow
- a small square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, usually one of many in a fixed or casement window and framed with lead
Word Origin and History for quarreling
"angry dispute," mid-14c., originally "ground for complaint," from Old French querele "matter, concern, business; dispute, controversy" (Modern French querelle), from Latin querella "complaint, accusation; lamentation," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced Old English sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s.
"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," mid-13c., from Old French quarel, carrel "bolt, arrow," from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Now-archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.
late 14c., "to raise an objection;" 1520s as "to contend violently, to fall out," from quarrel (n.1) and in part from Old French quereler (Modern French quereller). Related: Quarrelled; quarrelling.
Idioms and Phrases with quarreling
see pick a quarrel.