Simple Definition of querulous
: complaining in an annoyed way
Examples of querulous in a sentence
<car trips that were frequently spoiled by a couple of querulous passengers in the back>
Did You Know?
English speakers have tagged fearful whiners "querulous" since late medieval times. The Middle English form of the word, "querelose," was an adaptation of the Latin adjective, querulus, which in turn evolved from the Latin verb queri, meaning "to complain." "Queri" is also an ancestor of the English words "quarrel" and "quarrelsome," but it isn't an ancestor of the noun "query" (meaning "question"). No need to complain that we're being coy; we're happy to let you know that "query" descends from the Latin verb quaerere, meaning "to ask."
Origin and Etymology of querulous
Middle English querelose, from Latin querulus, from queri to complain
First Known Use: 15th century
QUERULOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of querulous for Students
: having or showing a complaining attitude <a querulous voice>
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