querulous

[ kwer-uh-luhs, kwer-yuh- ]
/ ˈkwɛr ə ləs, ˈkwɛr yə- /

adjective

full of complaints; complaining.
characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.

Nearby words

  1. querent,
  2. querist,
  3. quern,
  4. quernstone,
  5. quersprung,
  6. querulously,
  7. query,
  8. query language,
  9. querétaro,
  10. ques.

Origin of querulous

1490–1500; < Latin querulus, equivalent to quer(ī) to complain + -ulus -ulous

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querulous

/ (ˈkwɛrʊləs, ˈkwɛrjʊ-) /

adjective

inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
characterized by or proceeding from a complaining fretful attitude or dispositiona querulous tone
Derived Formsquerulously, adverbquerulousness, noun

Word Origin for querulous

C15: from Latin querulus from querī to complain

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