[ bik-er ]
/ ˈbɪk ər /

verb (used without object)

to engage in petulant or peevish argument; wrangle: The two were always bickering.
to run rapidly; move quickly; rush; hurry: a stream bickering down the valley.
to flicker; glitter: The sun bickered through the trees.


an angry, petty dispute or quarrel; contention.

Origin of bicker

1250–1300; Middle English bikeren < ?

Related forms

bick·er·er, nounun·bick·ered, adjectiveun·bick·er·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bickering


/ (ˈbɪkə) /

verb (intr)

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


a petty squabble

Derived Forms

bickerer, nounbickering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bicker

C13: of unknown origin
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