verb (used without object)
- bichromate process,
- bicipital rib,
- bickerstaff, isaac,
Origin of bicker1
Examples from the Web for bickering
Joy Woodhouse calls in to tell her bickering boys Brad and Dallas to “get this out of your system” before Christmas.
Such admiration for the American system sounds strange in this era of gridlock and bickering.
The landings culminated years of debate, planning, construction, bickering, invention, training, deception of the enemy and more.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion|Marc Wortman|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Leaders are constantly issuing contradictory orders and security commanders are bickering.
There are many loose ends surrounding the crime and the bickering, even though somewhat abated, will undoubtedly flare again.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine|Alice Feiring|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They are bred in a constant atmosphere of contention, bickering, and in short, warfare.Facts And Fictions Of Life|Helen H. Gardener
Jervaise snorted impatiently, but he had enough control of himself to avoid the snare of being drawn into a bickering match.The Jervaise Comedy|J. D. Beresford
There was haggling and bickering until a price of sixty was agreed upon, and Mr. McCann's heart expanded with satisfaction.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
All Prescott would be tickled to hear of the bickering, and every person in Phœnix who loves clean sport would be disgusted.Motor Matt; or, The King of the Wheel|Stanley R. Matthews
Let us have done with this bickering; find the colonel and ask his leave to go with me, if you like.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
- (esp of a stream) to run quickly
- to flicker; glitter
Word Origin for bicker
c.1300, "a skirmish," from bicker (v.). Meaning "a verbal wrangle" is from 1570s.
1808 in the sense of "contentious," present participle adjective from bicker (v.). Earlier it was used to mean "flashing, quivering" (1660s).
early 14c., bikere, "to skirmish, fight," perhaps from Middle Dutch bicken "to slash, stab, attack," + -er, Middle English frequentative suffix. Meaning "to quarrel" is from mid-15c. Related: Bickered; bickering.
c.1300, skirmish, battle; from the same source as bicker (v.). In modern use, often to describe the sound of a flight of an arrow or other repeated, loud, rapid sounds, in which sense it is perhaps at least partly echoic.