- an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
- a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling: She has no quarrel with her present salary.
- to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
- to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
- to make a complaint; find fault.
Origin of quarrel1
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- a square-headed bolt or arrow, formerly used with a crossbow.
- Also quarry. a small, square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, as used in latticed windows.
- any of various tools with pyramidal heads.
Origin of quarrel2
Examples from the Web for quarrel
Their quarrel is with more recently formed verbs like incentivize.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
When quiet, he realized that the quarrel was a metaphor for the Arab-Israeli conflict.Jaffa: A Tale Of Two Lands
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
February 16, 2014
I share their concern about government, but this is not a quarrel with our government in Washington.Tea Party Strikes Out Against the Atlanta Braves
November 27, 2013
You can quarrel with that decision in all sorts of ways, but it is the worker, not the company, who gets most of the benefit.Why Can't Companies Find the Workers they Need?
November 15, 2012
He concluded, the Gaza refugees "have no quarrel with the Jews."One-Note History: A Response to Yousef Munayyer
June 19, 2012
"You seek to force a quarrel, sir," said the young man, white with anger.
"So ends our quarrel, then," said Aylward, sheathing his sword.
Very well, then, Sir, you are ill; don't let us quarrel about that.The Imaginary Invalid
He cherishes no quarrel, therefore, with his destiny, nor with the Author of it.The Old Apple Dealer (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The quarrel is not yours nor mine, nor the grievances naither.Ridgeway
- an angry disagreement; argument
- a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance
- to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
- to find fault; complain
- an arrow having a four-edged head, fired from a crossbow
- a small square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, usually one of many in a fixed or casement window and framed with lead
Word Origin and History for quarrel
"angry dispute," mid-14c., originally "ground for complaint," from Old French querele "matter, concern, business; dispute, controversy" (Modern French querelle), from Latin querella "complaint, accusation; lamentation," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced Old English sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s.
"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," mid-13c., from Old French quarel, carrel "bolt, arrow," from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Now-archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.
late 14c., "to raise an objection;" 1520s as "to contend violently, to fall out," from quarrel (n.1) and in part from Old French quereler (Modern French quereller). Related: Quarrelled; quarrelling.
Idioms and Phrases with quarrel
see pick a quarrel.