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

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 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 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 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 The family bickers as only a Southern family can, mentioning every slight and insult that has occurred over the past 80 years. Shirley Macfarland,, "Broadview Heights Spotlights performs Southern family drama: Talk of the Towns," 13 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The caliphate itself was ordained by Allah, the ultimate means for the ever-bickering Arabs to unite as a holy nation. The Economist, "Obituary: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on October 26th," 2 Nov. 2019 The supporting characters are given fairly little to do other than bicker and look petty. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Isabelle Huppert shines in subtle, sensitive travelogue 'Frankie'," 31 Oct. 2019 Williams, the mother who has two teens on the city's west side, said the dueling sides need to stop bickering. Holly Yan, CNN, "Chicago students play board games as Elizabeth Warren joins Day 4 of the teachers' strike," 22 Oct. 2019 Yes, in Washington, there are two bickering sides over Medicaid, in that one party wants it and the other does not. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Health Care Policy Is Always a Human Interest Story," 3 Oct. 2019 The bickering siblings alternate between genuine concern for their failing parents and monstrous selfishness — loving, lacerating interactions with the ring of truth. Los Angeles Times, "New in L.A. theater: The struggles of women, as seen through the Armenian genocide," 27 Sep. 2019 And in that house with no distractions people bicker. Dalton Ross,, "Big Brother winner Jackson Michie says 'I don't see race or gender'," 26 Sep. 2019 Bill de Blasio had the best moment in the first half-hour, suggesting Democrats shouldn’t bicker about policy differences but instead unite as progressives. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight," 28 June 2019 Review: Comic couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher laugh and bicker together at the Vic » Read all of the Tribune's recent coverage of Chicago comedy » Check out the latest movie reviews from Michael Phillips and the Chicago Tribune. Zach Freeman,, "In the 'Chicago renaissance' of standup, 'Dope Comedy' at North Bar is a show to know," 17 Apr. 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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5 Oct 2019

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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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