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querulous

[ kwer-uh-luhs, kwer-yuh- ]

adjective

  1. full of complaints; complaining.

    Synonyms: discontented, carping, testy, petulant

    Antonyms: contented

  2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish:

    a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.

    Synonyms: discontented, carping, testy, petulant



querulous

/ ˈkwɛrjʊ-; ˈkwɛrʊləs /

adjective

  1. inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
  2. characterized by or proceeding from a complaining fretful attitude or disposition

    a querulous tone



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Derived Forms

  • ˈquerulously, adverb
  • ˈquerulousness, noun

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Other Words From

  • queru·lous·ly adverb
  • queru·lous·ness noun
  • un·queru·lous adjective
  • un·queru·lous·ly adverb
  • un·queru·lous·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of querulous1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of querulous1

C15: from Latin querulus from querī to complain

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Example Sentences

The querulous, interconnected pamphlets printed in seventeenth-century Europe prefigure the culture of modern blogging.

Calasso reconstruction is, in Mounts' judgment, a superbly ambitious, quirky, querulous, lyrical, and finally persuasive essay.

When the feeble, querulous mother died, Romarino was fifteen years of age.

But, though Portland was an unreasonable and querulous friend, he was a most faithful and zealous minister.

This consists in extending the suffrage among the querulous and suffering part of the people.

The human sweetness in him was half dried up, and a misanthropy, so new and alien to him, made him querulous and captious.

Mrs Beazeley, the housekeeper, has become inert and querulous from rheumatism and the burden of added years.

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