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.

Nearby words

  1. bichromate process,
  2. bichrome,
  3. bicipital,
  4. bicipital rib,
  5. bick-iron,
  6. bickering,
  7. bickerstaff, isaac,
  8. bickie,
  9. biclonality,
  10. bicoastal

Origin of bicker

1250–1300; Middle English bikeren < ?

Related formsbick·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


verb (intr)

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


a petty squabble
Derived Formsbickerer, nounbickering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bicker

C13: of unknown origin

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