bicker

noun
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

bicker

verb
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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Other Words from bicker

Verb

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

Over the course of an hour and a half, watch as the young couple bickers, treads water, and faces mortality together. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "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, cleveland.com, "Broadview Heights Spotlights performs Southern family drama: Talk of the Towns," 13 Apr. 2018 The three bicker for a while, then make the mistake of telling Arie their respective sides of the story. Lisa Bonos And Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'The Bachelor': Baby Bekah reveals her age, Krystal trash talks the other girls," 23 Jan. 2018 Over the course of an hour and a half, watch as the young couple bickers, treads water, and faces mortality together. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "These Terrifying Movies Will Ruin Your Beach Vacation," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her mother and brother bickered for much of the time. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: The family trip turns into a cat roundup," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mother and brother bickered for much of the time. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Couple needs to set boundaries if they plan to travel with anxiety-ridden family again," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mother and brother bickered for much of the time. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I want a snappy answer to an annoying question I keep getting," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mother and brother bickered for much of the time. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: The family trip turns into a cat roundup," 20 Aug. 2019 Her mother and brother bickered for much of the time. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: The family trip turns into a cat roundup," 20 Aug. 2019 But by now the government had ground to a halt, while President Donald Trump bickered with Congress over the building of a border wall. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants," 13 Aug. 2019 Hobbs and Shaw bicker at each other throughout the movie. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Hobbs & Shaw: A McLaren, a McGuffin, banter, and plenty of action," 2 Aug. 2019 America and India have bickered about trade for years. The Economist, "India presents America with a choice between geopolitics and trade," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of bicker

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bicker

Noun

Middle English biker

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

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bicker

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bicker

: to argue in a way that is annoying about things that are not important

bicker

verb
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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