- 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
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Examples from the Web for quarrelling
Once he was even threatened with expulsion because he had been quarrelling with his wife and had missed classes.From Terror Suspect to College Graduate
May 19, 2012
Where was the use of quarrelling about a man he was never likely to set eyes on again?Weighed and Wanting
There was no scrambling or jostling for the hot water, no ill humour, no quarrelling.The Uncommercial Traveller
The little vagabonds were quarrelling over the dbris of these engines of warfare.My Double Life
At first I was horribly frightened—I thought you and Marcus had been quarrelling.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
A crowd had assembled, and two gentlemen were quarrelling furiously.Beaux and Belles of England
- 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 quarrelling
"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 quarrelling
see pick a quarrel.