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bick·​er ˈbi-kər How to pronounce bicker (audio)
: petulant quarreling : altercation
: a sound of or as if of bickering


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

intransitive verb

: to engage in a petulant or petty quarrel
bickering over money
: to move with a rapidly repeated noise
a bickering stream
bickerer 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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Although Newsom sometimes bickers with unions, maintaining a close relationship with labor is imperative for Democratic governors in California. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 As the frosty Rose and flippant Teddy bicker, bond and inch closer to literal death along their morbid journey, Parker and Kohli shine in meaty leading roles that feel long overdue. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 As a couple whose destination wedding is interrupted by hostage-taking pirate-terrorists, the two bicker and banter with classic screwball brio, with a love-hate rapport that is both delightful and effortlessly convincing. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 Anthropologists bicker over these classifications, so slightly different names are used by different researchers. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2019 Accordingly, with a few deft musical gestures, the couples bicker, get back together, break up. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 And how the brothers bicker while playing video games, including chipping the puck in and forechecking like it’s real life. Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2022 Investors are more than happy when politicians bicker but don’t actually enact any new laws that may hurt corporate profits. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 The series’ juxtaposition of the supernatural and mundane is the perfect setting for a pack of underachieving vampires who’d rather stay home and bicker than subjugate mankind. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022
Troughton and Pertwee’s rivalry (on screen and off) is all in good fun, making a delightful pair of bickering Time Lords. Adam Lujan,, 14 Dec. 2023 Yet this all seems so strange: Kevin constantly bickers with his siblings, exchanges insults with them, and doesn’t display any kindness toward them in the opening scenes of the movie. Gregory M. Collins, National Review, 27 Dec. 2023 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom isn’t totally concerned with shaping a cohesive story so much as contriving situations for Arthur and Orm to bicker like children. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2023 His lively synthesis of millennia of scientific debate humanizes prominent theorists such as Theodor Kaluza and Brandon Carter, and his analogies—such as a bickering couple to illustrate renormalization—simplify heady concepts. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2023 Yorkin, in England directing Inspector Clouseau (1968), watched an episode of the BBC’s Till Death Us Do Part, a sitcom that centered on a bigoted father and his liberal son who bickered all the time, and brought it to Lear’s attention. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023 Last year’s announcement was delayed nearly an hour while the Atlantic Coast Conference, bowl directors and television executives dickered — bickered? Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2023 On Saturday, some prayed and some bickered as tempers flared in the warm humid night, a strong smell of sweat hanging in the air. Hala Gorani, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2023 That gave Congress more power but also offered it more opportunities to bicker and derail the budgetary process. 2. Garret Martin, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English biker

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Bicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


bickered; bickering
: to quarrel in an irritating way especially over unimportant things
bickerer noun

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