bick·​er | \ˈbi-kər \

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 \

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

b : quiver, flicker

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bickerer \-​kə-​rər \ 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

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 Jughead After Jughead calls all the Serpents back to the Whyte Wyrm and gets them to stop rioting and pursuing Reggie, Jughead and Sweet Pea (Jordan Connor) bicker over Jughead’s responsibility for the mess with Fangs and the Ghoulies., "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 21 Recap: "Judgment Night"," 10 May 2018 Freyre said Castro probably will take a more diminished role, emerging only if the new crop of leaders stray too far from the script or bicker too much among themselves. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Cuba will soon be without a Castro as leader for first time in nearly 60 years," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are just a few of us standing around while these big, bizarre creatures, whose pendulous noses hang down past their mouths, honk and roar at each other while bickering over guavas. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 Usually, these moments of pettiness are escalated and egged on by thousands of fans, who delight in watching celebrities bicker with each other. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 For the sake of their children, Peter and Norma are obliged to evolve overnight from bickering spouses to determinedly cordial friends. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: A Sinner at Home in a Fallen World," 18 Oct. 2018 Guests bickered normally with their partners and discussed normal wedding plans for the third weekend in September. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016 Put bickering children to work on separate tasks, to give them time to calm down. Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "How to reduce attention-seeking behaviors from your kids," 15 May 2018 While European politicians bickered about where the immigrants should go, those rescued by the Open Arms were jubilant — jumping, chanting and hugging their rescuers. Renata Brito And Frances D'emilio,, "Fear turns to joy as rescue boat saves 60 in Mediterranean Sea," 30 June 2018 What started out with some clever opening statements quickly turned into Lincoln and Chris bickering back and forth like children. Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Previous elections offered little in the way of surprise: 128 parliamentary seats were divided among the country's always-bickering 18 sects, with each group guaranteed a place based on sectarian quotas. Nabih Bulos,, "Amid warnings about vote buying, Lebanon holds first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade," 4 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of bicker

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


bick·​er | \ˈbi-kər \
bickered; bickering

Kids Definition of bicker

: to quarrel in an irritating way especially over unimportant things

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