- full of complaints; complaining.
- characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.
Origin of querulous
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Examples from the Web for querulous
The querulous, interconnected pamphlets printed in seventeenth-century Europe prefigure the culture of modern blogging.Social Media is So Old Even the Romans Had It
October 25, 2013
Calasso reconstruction is, in Mounts' judgment, a superbly ambitious, quirky, querulous, lyrical, and finally persuasive essay.The Best of Brit Lit
April 7, 2010
And on his countenance there was a sour, querulous, resentful expression.Night and Morning, Complete
A querulous, high-pitched voice, quavering with the palsy of extreme age.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
But the children had no awe of the gambler, and their protests were many and querulous.The Twins of Suffering Creek
For the moment, however, Mr. Mix was querulous rather than defensive.Rope
At this moment a querulous, broken voice comes to them from some inner room.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
- characterized by or proceeding from a complaining fretful attitude or dispositiona querulous tone
Word Origin and History for querulous
c.1400, from Old French querelos "quarrelsome, argumentative" and directly from Late Latin querulosus, from Latin querulus "full of complaints, complaining," from queri "to complain." Retains the original vowel of quarrel (n.1). Related: Querulously; querulousness.