quarrelsome

[kwawr-uh l-suh m, kwor-]

adjective

inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.

Nearby words

  1. quarks,
  2. quarles,
  3. quarles, francis,
  4. quarnero,
  5. quarrel,
  6. quarrelsomely,
  7. quarrian,
  8. quarrier,
  9. quarry,
  10. quarry tile

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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British Dictionary definitions for quarrelsome

quarrelsome

adjective

inclined to quarrel or disagree; belligerent
Derived Formsquarrelsomely, adverbquarrelsomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for quarrelsome

quarrelsome

adj.

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

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