bick·​er | \ ˈbi-kər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \

Definition of bicker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : petulant quarreling : altercation
2 : a sound of or as if of bickering


bickered; bickering\ ˈbi-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bicker (audio) \

Definition of bicker (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in a petulant or petty quarrel bickering over money
2a : to move with a rapidly repeated noise a bickering stream

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bickerer \ ˈbi-​kə-​rər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \ noun

Examples of bicker in a Sentence

Noun after a prolonged bicker, they finally managed to find a movie that both of them were interested in seeing Verb She is always bickering with her mother. They bickered about how to decorate the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet while legal teams bicker, SpaceX continued its relentless march onwards. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The two bicker about strategies for extracting Cody while his mom, Valerie (Jill Paice) frets outside. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Of course, working with your sibling has its obvious drawbacks, and Sugar & Spice’s fans also find much entertainment in seeing the two drag stars bicker and banter in their videos. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2021 Out on the water, CT and Amber B. bicker about how to paddle while Leroy and Nany can't figure out how to turn their kayak and end up going the wrong way, giving Kam and Cory time to catch up. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 22 Apr. 2021 As officials bicker and the vaccination campaign is delayed, the variant continues to spread. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 Like real people, Cleary’s characters make messes, slam doors, leave nasty notes on the kitchen counter and bicker at the dinner table. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Watching movie stars bicker, freak out, and talk to their tablets isn’t any more rewarding than doing it yourself. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 17 Mar. 2021 And as the hype falls away about technical bells and whistles and using new kinds of data to predict people’s interests, the audience still loves watching people fix houses, tour diners, crawl around sewers and bicker about their relationships. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scarlett Johansson's Natasha and Florence Pugh's Yelena pick the perfect time to bicker during a high-speed chase in this preview. Rachel Yang,, 17 May 2021 Instead of spending years amassing information so that an ever-changing cast of characters can bicker over details and demand eye-glazing studies, just try something out. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 After Chris and Bud get in a seemingly horrific car wreck and then bicker with one another, eyewitnesses intervene and try to de-escalate the situation. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2021 When is the last time a quarterback as good as Dak Prescott has had to bicker with a franchise to get his money? Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021 The coronavirus may be killing 3,000 Americans each day while lawmakers bicker over how to help the wounded U.S. economy. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2020 We will slowly be left to bicker internally as countries embrace and invest in the future. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2020 The airline industry says jobs are being held hostage while the House and Senate leaders bicker over the terms of a new aid package. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2020 The program is authorized to collect $900 million a year but generally receives less than half that amount from Congress as lawmakers bicker over how the money should be spent. Matthew Daly, The Denver Post, 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of bicker


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bicker


Middle English biker

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The first known use of bicker was in the 14th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Bicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bicker

: to argue in a way that is annoying about things that are not important


bick·​er | \ ˈbi-kər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \
bickered; bickering

Kids Definition of bicker

: to quarrel in an irritating way especially over unimportant things

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