[ 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
SYNONYMS FOR querulous
1, 2 petulant, testy; caviling, carping, discontented.
ANTONYMS FOR querulous
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British Dictionary definitions for querulously


/ (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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Word Origin and History for querulously



c.1400, from Old French querelos "quarrelsome, argumentative" and directly from Late Latin querulosus, from Latin querulus "full of complaints, complaining," from queri "to complain." Retains the original vowel of quarrel (n.1). Related: Querulously; querulousness.

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