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quarrelsome

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

Simple Definition of quarrelsome

  • : ready or likely to argue or disagree

Full Definition of quarrelsome

  1. :  apt or disposed to quarrel in an often petty manner :  contentious

quar·rel·some·ly adverb
quar·rel·some·ness noun

Examples of quarrelsome

  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>



1596

First Known Use of quarrelsome

1596

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>.


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