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


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

Origin of querulous

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


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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