- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for quarrel on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for quarreling
Most recently, members of the American Psychiatric Association are quarreling about whether grief is a disease entity—depression.Bereavement Doesn’t Equal Depression, and It’s No Disease for the DSM
T. Byram Karasu
January 27, 2012
I should never have comfort but in his absence, or when I was quarreling with him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Sometimes when there was quarreling between the clans they would not receive a messenger.The Trail Book
Which shows that the hour had not been spent in quarreling, at all events.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Says your uncle Silas is like a changed man, on account of all this quarreling.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Was it reasonable to keep on quarreling when the whole village was embracing?The Fte At Coqueville
- 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 quarreling
"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 quarreling
see pick a quarrel.