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[kwawr-uh l-suh m, kwor-] /ˈkwɔr əl səm, ˈkwɒr-/
inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.
Origin of quarrelsome
First recorded in 1590-1600; quarrel1 + -some1
Related forms
quarrelsomely, adverb
quarrelsomeness, noun
unquarrelsome, adjective Unabridged
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  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • At first, to be sure, the workmen showed a quarrelsome disposition.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • As to Bornier, he came straight to me in a decided and quarrelsome manner.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He was not quarrelsome, though, like the sparrow; but peaceful, like the dove.

  • Their drawing-rooms are quite a happy family of the most quarrelsome tints.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Is he not a bore, and the worst of all bores too,—a quarrelsome one?

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • And then we come to the great offence—your quarrelsome habits.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for quarrelsome


inclined to quarrel or disagree; belligerent
Derived Forms
quarrelsomely, adverb
quarrelsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quarrelsome

1590s, from quarrel (n.1) + -some (1). Related: Quarrelsomeness.

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