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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The Biden and Trump campaigns are bickering over Vice President Mike Pence's decision not to wear a face mask during a visit to a Minnesota Mayo Clinic. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden and Trump campaigns squabble over Pence-mask furor," 28 Apr. 2020 The ruling parties had bickered over how fast to provide further support for the Europe’s largest economy, which has been hit hard by the fallout from the pandemic. Birgit Jennen,, "Merkel Coalition Agrees on New $10.8 Billion Crisis Package," 28 Apr. 2020 Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for instance, have bickered recently over the Mayor’s decision that the city’s public schools will remain closed through September. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "When is it safe to reopen the economy? Three questions," 14 Apr. 2020 Throughout 2019, Foxconn and state officials bickered over the agreement and the possibility to amend it. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn says it hired enough people for 2019 tax credits, but the numbers still must be reviewed," 9 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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“Bicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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