adjective quar·rel·some \ˈkwr(-ə)l-səm, ˈkwär(-ə)l-\

: ready or likely to argue or disagree

Full Definition of QUARRELSOME

:  apt or disposed to quarrel in an often petty manner :  contentious
quar·rel·some·ly adverb
quar·rel·some·ness noun


  1. <a quarrelsome student who was always being sent to the principal's office for starting fights in the halls>
  2. <you're so quarrelsome: you can never do anything without a fuss>

First Known Use of QUARRELSOME


Synonym Discussion of QUARRELSOME

belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, quarrelsome, contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities <belligerent nations>. bellicose suggests a disposition to fight <a drunk in a bellicose mood>. pugnacious suggests a disposition that takes pleasure in personal combat <a pugnacious gangster>. quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause <the heat made us all quarrelsome>. contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling <wearied by his contentious disposition>.
QUARRELSOME Defined for Kids


adjective quar·rel·some \ˈkwr-əl-səm\

Definition of QUARRELSOME for Kids

:  usually ready to disagree or argue <a quarrelsome person>


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