- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for querulously
"I—I don't think it interests me much," he said querulously.The Gentleman From Indiana
"Let me up," he said querulously, and began to wipe his face.Salted With Fire
He whined the question, not angrily, but querulously, like a child.The Vagrant Duke
"What is a physician if he talk not in the language of oracles," he said, querulously.The Lion's Brood
"There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously.A Study In Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 querulously
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.