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 \ ˈbi-​kə-​rər How to pronounce bickerer (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 The longer baseball’s millionaires and billionaires bicker, the greater the odds that there will be more graduation ceremonies at Globe Life Field this summer than games. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Mark Cuban, NBA have taken the lead among returning sports leagues — MLB should take notes," 5 June 2020 The films generally rely on a predictable formula: the two men travel, eat fancy meals, bicker, throw in some fun impressions, and so on. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and more," 22 May 2020 However, while son and dad bicker, Desak, a god-slayer, shows up and tries to kill Magni. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "Netflix’s Ragnarok Is Based On Norse Mythology — Here’s A Primer," 4 Feb. 2020 The trio bicker about what love feels like before acting it out, forcing Forky to conclude that love is boring. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "All of the questions Forky has asked on Forky Asks a Question," 10 Jan. 2020 And the idea of Cloak having to listen to Gert and Chase bicker and have a romantic squabble? Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Marvel's Runaways bosses Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage talk final season: 'We're going for it'," 12 Dec. 2019 Behind her, the townsfolk tussle and bicker; one man shares a bone with a dog; housetops collapse into the street. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 Members of a dysfunctional family bicker while mourning the loss of their patriarch. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The board bickers while, online, the comments section turns into a free-for-all. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Experiments with Context in “Betrayal” and “Eureka Day”," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two women serve food, flirt with customers, bicker, laugh, gossip about lovers and argue over the nature of love itself, sometimes even coming to blows. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'DAU. Natasha': Film Review | Berlin 2020," 26 Feb. 2020 The same challenge now looms for Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy, where the government, a wobbly and often bickering coalition between the Democratic Party and the 5-Star Movement, has been in disarray for months. Elisabetta Povoledo,, "Italy battles to contain Europe’s first major outbreak of coronavirus," 23 Feb. 2020 The two start bickering over everything that has happened and then, in a fit of rage, Lu presses against Polo and accidentally stabs him with the broken bottle. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who Killed Polo in "Elite" Season 3?," 16 Mar. 2020 Case in point: two years before her death, Michele was backing out of her driveway while Karrie bickered with her and tried to block her car from leaving. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""I had to choose": Did a father brainwash his daughter to help plan her mother's murder?," 8 Feb. 2020 In the worst, bickering over the flow is a source of constant tension and recrimination. The Economist, "Water torture If China won’t build fewer dams, it could at least share information," 16 May 2020 Mayors, governors, and the president were openly bickering over a way forward. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Restless and ready to work, Georgia gets back to business," 27 Apr. 2020 When her father bickered with Lesser over her salary, the movie mogul reportedly blackballed the family. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Diana Serra Cary, silent film star known as ‘Baby Peggy,’ dies at 101," 25 Feb. 2020 There are complications: The daughter (Kristen Stewart) is diabetic; and the thieves — Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam — are three bickering stooges. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "2002: When the Rock Went Hollywood and Movie Stars Still Ruled," 30 Apr. 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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18 Jun 2020

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“Bicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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