quarrel 1 [ kwawr- uhl, kwor- ] SHOW IPA / ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. verb (used without object), quar·reled, quar·rel·ing or ( especially British) quar·relled, quar·rel·ling. to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle. to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement. to make a complaint; find fault.
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Origin of quarrel 1
1300–50; Middle English
querele<Old French <Latin querēla, querella a complaint, derivative of querī to complain synonym study for quarrel 1. Quarrel, dissension refer to disagreement and conflict. Quarrel applies chiefly to a verbal disagreement between individuals or groups and is used with reference to a large variety of situations, from a slight and petty difference of opinion to a violent altercation: It was little more than a domestic quarrel. Their quarrel led to the barroom brawl. Dissension usually implies a profound disagreement and bitter conflict. It also applies chiefly to conflict within a group or to members of the same group: dissension within the union; dissension among the Democrats. OTHER WORDS FROM quarrel quar·rel·er, noun quar·rel·ing·ly, adverb un·quar·rel·ing, adjective un·quar·rel·ling, adjective Other definitions for quarrel (2 of 2) quarrel 2 [ kwawr- uhl, kwor- ] SHOW IPA / ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr- / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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 quarrel 2
1175–1225; Middle English
quarel<Old French <Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square
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strife How to use quarrel in a sentence
quarrelling or fighting, or playing at cards, was apparently no offence.
I have lived a great deal among the people and observed them, and have often seen anger and
quarrelling, but never fighting.
Richard so disgusted him that he felt if he did not quit his company soon, he would be
quarrelling with him himself. SEE MORE EXAMPLES SEE FEWER EXAMPLES British Dictionary definitions for quarrel (1 of 2) noun an angry disagreement; argument a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled ( intr often foll by with) to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue to find fault; complain Derived forms of quarrel quarreller or US quarreler, noun Word Origin for quarrel
C14: from Old French
querele, from Latin querēlla complaint, from querī to complain British Dictionary definitions for quarrel (2 of 2) noun 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 for quarrel
C13: from Old French
quarrel pane, from Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square
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