Most recently, members of the American Psychiatric Association are quarreling about whether grief is a disease entity—depression.
As a rule, however, it is all good-natured, and the noise is more bantering than quarreling.
That was to keep the dear ones from quarreling all through the year.
A point of light had pierced the darkness,--the trades were quarreling among themselves!
I must insist on no more bickering and quarreling in my house.
There was a horrid noise; two families were quarreling about the head of an eel, which in the end was carried off by the Cat.
Lily began, but soon stopped: the subject led to a surfeit of quarreling.
They were both unsettled and passed through days of irritation when they came perilously near to quarreling.
The quarreling between colonies and the mother-country was an old story.
And then he came into Jubilee, and found three of his freedmen drunk and quarreling in the street.
"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.