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

Other Words from bicker


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every day, there was something new to consume, and watching the members rehearse intricate dance moves, eat takeout, play video games, and gently bicker felt like eavesdropping on an endless slumber party. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 21 June 2022 Halstead and Asher bicker over a kidney transplant procedure; Marcel must make a choice when Blake is under the knife; Choi and Archer look after the son of the Med’s lawyer. Hau Chu, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update host and the Black Widow actress adorably bicker in an ad that Michael Che will certainly roast in the next SNL episode. Rachel Schonberger,, 13 Feb. 2022 In the house the creators play pranks on each other, bicker like siblings and argue over who's cleaning the dishes. Lynsey Weatherspoon/redux For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 The premise: Single friends in suburban Detroit banter, bicker and commiserate together at a Royal Oak bar owned by one of them. Julie Hinds,, 18 Mar. 2022 Over the course of the 12 episodes, the two constantly bicker and fight, but ultimately always have each other’s back. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 18 Feb. 2022 Republicans would then pay a price for opposition, says the Vermont socialist, rather than just getting to watch Democrats bicker among themselves. Karl Rove, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 The ride to Zion is tense as Jen and Lisa bicker over choosing sides between Jen and Meredith. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are, in fact, tons of bad policies that have legitimately caused millions of people to bicker over exactly how bad things have gotten. Norbert Michel, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The term revealed a court more inclined to bicker than to set aside differences in hopes of presenting a united front. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2022 Houston has gotten this far by teaming with county agencies and persuading scores of local service providers, corporations and charitable nonprofits — organizations that often bicker and compete with one another — to row in unison. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The producer wants to fire Brunet, who at this point in the drama has begun writing to Michael, and while the two men bicker the ensemble plays on, with de Lestrade occasionally pausing to give the musicians feedback. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 As the pair continued to bicker back and forth, Teresa continued to throw accusations at her castmate. Dory Jackson,, 12 Apr. 2022 Trainer eventually exits the frame, and The Lost City shifts its focus to Loretta and Alan, who bicker and flirt their way through the jungle in search of help, and Fairfax’s mysterious treasure. David Sims, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2022 Nearly all of her interviewees—who love to bicker—have similarly contradictory views, and Zambra gives Pru the good sense never to try to resolve them. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 The mood for Major League Baseball fans like Bajema is a little glum these days as the players’ union and owners continue to bicker over finances. David Brandt,, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Bicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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