[kwawr-uh l-suh m, kwor-]


inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.

Origin of quarrelsome

First recorded in 1590–1600; quarrel1 + -some1
Related formsquar·rel·some·ly, adverbquar·rel·some·ness, nounun·quar·rel·some, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of quarrelsome

Historical Examples of quarrelsome

  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.


    Edward J. Dent

  • At first, to be sure, the workmen showed a quarrelsome disposition.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • As to Bornier, he came straight to me in a decided and quarrelsome manner.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He was not quarrelsome, though, like the sparrow; but peaceful, like the dove.

  • Their drawing-rooms are quite a happy family of the most quarrelsome tints.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for quarrelsome



inclined to quarrel or disagree; belligerent
Derived Formsquarrelsomely, adverbquarrelsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quarrelsome

1590s, from quarrel (n.1) + -some (1). Related: Quarrelsomeness.

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