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bick·​er·​ing ˈbi-k(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bickering (audio)
: petty and petulant quarreling especially when prolonged or habitual
… said his own bosses, through their persistent bickering, had made his job practically impossible.Ronald Scott
also, bickerings plural : instances of such quarreling
was tired of listening to their endless bickerings


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: engaging in or characterized by petty and petulant quarreling
a bickering couple
bickering politicians

Examples of bickering in a Sentence

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Her term was marked by employees quitting and council meetings often fraught with bickering and walkouts. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 The bickering grew worse when staff started posting about the war in Gaza last fall. Nico Grant, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bickering 

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Word History

First Known Use


1573, in the meaning defined above


1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bickering was in 1573

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“Bickering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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