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

Examples of bicker in a Sentence


after a prolonged bicker, they finally managed to find a movie that both of them were interested in seeing


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

Over the course of an hour and a half, watch as the young couple bickers, treads water, and faces mortality together. Elena Nicolaou,, "These Terrifying Movies Will Ruin Your Beach Vacation," 15 June 2019 That night at the after party, Colton bonds with Katie while Tracy and Demi bicker about who is more passive aggressive. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 3 Recap: Elyse for Bachelorette?," 21 Jan. 2019 In Anne’s court, men can be advantageous pawns, but to ask them to do much more than bicker, race ducks, and play stupid games will lead to nothing good. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 The two bicker about whether or not the ruse even looks believable. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018 Over the course of the show, a bland young couple bickers on and on about nothing particularly interesting. Matthew J. Palm,, "Review: Wanzie's Monorail Inferno - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 For some reason, Lincoln takes issue with this and the two bicker and fight while the camera weirdly zooms in on their legs touching. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 6 Recap: Chris Is the Worst," 2 July 2018 The episode is the latest to highlight divisions in the Europe Union that have left the bloc without a comprehensive migration policy as countries on the front line of the Mediterranean route bicker over who should be responsible for migrants. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Italy and Malta Block Another Rescue Ship Carrying Migrants," 24 June 2018 The two bicker throughout the process, yet ultimately bond over their failure to make it in Hollywood. New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘The Disaster Artist’," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Divorce can bring out the worst in parents who are already accustomed to bickering with each other. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "When Parents Divorce, Apps Can Reduce the Child-Custody Acrimony," 30 Apr. 2019 Watching Pawlikowski’s bickering odd couple traverse the vast burial ground that is postwar Poland is one of the strangest, most unsettling experiences in contemporary cinema. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 The other seven adults seem just as at ease among the children, reminding them to share, take turns, stop bickering, pull up their swimsuit bottoms. Washington Post, "When that ‘rock’ is actually a horseshoe crab and the beach becomes a respite from the city," 22 June 2019 Charley GallayGetty Images Yesterday at a Cannes live conversation, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend bickered (adorably) on stage. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Bicker Adorably On Stage, Remain Couple Goals," 19 June 2019 The sight of Durant leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches and in a walking boot after going down in the second quarter of Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals has everyone bickering in the world of hindsight 20/20. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Kevin Durant's legacy intact despite how he returns from major injury," 11 June 2019 Drug manufacturers and pharmacy-benefit managers are bickering over who’s to blame for rising prescription prices at the drugstore. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Trump’s Dubious Prescription-Price Plan," 5 Apr. 2019 After years of giving too much when it wasn’t reciprocated and bickering with men who were only situationships at best, my energy can only tolerate peace, whether that means a nice date or a lifetime with someone. Patrice J. Williams, Essence, "Black Travel Stories: Tinder Sent Me Across the Country to Find Love," 11 June 2019 But talks broke down as the Trump cabinet bickered, and the U.S. isn’t offering a clear set of demands. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "So Much Trade Losing," 6 July 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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