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bicker

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[ bik-er ]
/ ˈbɪk ər /
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verb (used without object)
to engage in petulant or peevish argument; wrangle: The two were always bickering.
Literary. to rush or make a rushing sound, as water: We first heard and then saw the stream bickering down the valley.
to flicker; glitter: The sun bickered through the trees.
noun
an angry, petty dispute or quarrel; altercation.
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Origin of bicker

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English bikeren; origin unknown

OTHER WORDS FROM bicker

bick·er·er, nounun·bick·ered, adjective

Other definitions for bicker (2 of 2)

bicker2
[ bik-er ]
/ ˈbɪk ər /

noun Scot.
any wooden dish or bowl, especially a wooden porridge bowl.
Obsolete. a wooden drinking cup.

Origin of bicker

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1300–50; Middle English bikerbeaker
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British Dictionary definitions for bicker

bicker
/ (ˈbɪkə) /

verb (intr)
to argue over petty matters; squabble
poetic
  1. (esp of a stream) to run quickly
  2. to flicker; glitter
noun
a petty squabble

Derived forms of bicker

bickerer, nounbickering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bicker

C13: of unknown origin
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