quarrel

1 of 3

noun (1)

: a square-headed bolt or arrow especially for a crossbow

quarrel

2 of 3

noun (2)

1
: a ground of dispute or complaint
have no quarrel with a different approach
2
: a usually verbal conflict between antagonists : altercation

quarrel

3 of 3

verb

quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling

intransitive verb

1
: to find fault
many people quarrel with the ideaJohns Hopkins Magazine
2
: to contend or dispute actively
quarreled frequently with his superiorsLondon Calling
quarreler noun
or quarreller
Choose the Right Synonym for quarrel

quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger.

quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention.

a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship

wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions.

wrangle interminably about small issues

altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows.

a loud public altercation

squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger.

a brief squabble over what to do next

Examples of quarrel in a Sentence

Noun (2) a loud quarrel erupted at the next table over Verb The children quarrel all the time. She and her husband are always quarreling about money. I don't want to quarrel with you.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
While on The Drew Barrymore Show May 13, the model and entrepreneur, 27, opened up about her relationship with Gigi, which like any sisterhood, involves quarrels, but special moments too. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 The reporting by ProPublica and the Times about the Chicago tower reveals a second component of Trump’s quarrel with the IRS. Paul Kiel, Fortune, 11 May 2024 Image The reporting by The Times and ProPublica about the Chicago tower reveals a second component of Mr. Trump’s quarrel with the I.R.S. Paul Kiel Eric Jason Martin Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 11 May 2024 Larry flies off into the sunset, with a relatively uninspired quarrel with Susie (Susie Essman) marking the end of this narrative. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024 The dysfunctional responses in the face of these recurring quarrels can leave you feeling stuck on a hamster wheel. Mark Travers, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The election occurred shortly after a the conclusion of an investigation into Rashad over his actions while breaking up a physical quarrel between students. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2024 For example, the U.K.’s Tesco stopped stocking Kraft Heinz’s baked beans, ketchup, and tomato soup in 2022 over pricing quarrels. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 5 Apr. 2024 Burrell’s $56 million dispute with First Western has proven more contentious than his other banking quarrels. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, 4 Apr. 2024
Verb
According to insiders, the discussion has not devolved into quarreling camps as in past administrations, but the president’s advisers have varying views. Peter Baker, New York Times, 11 May 2024 For decades, presidents and prime ministers have quarreled without permanently damaging the robust relationship between the two countries. Peter Baker, New York Times, 10 May 2024 The Harry Potter author quarreled with Wizarding News, a 22-year-old fan site, on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 20 Mar. 2024 Not only does removing that election law take an awful lot of prestige, but succession laws such as partition can split your empire among quarrelling children. Barry Collins, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 On that day, many of the thermally fearful may have lost interest in quarreling over whether spring had truly established itself among us. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024 Maliciously or willfully disturbing a funeral, memorial service, procession or burial ceremony. Threatening, quarreling or challenging to fight someone, or fighting. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 10 Feb. 2024 As recently as the 1960s, China and the Soviet Union were quarreling over the placement of their border and their troops skirmished. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Often there are two birds quarreling back and forth with their raucous rattling. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, square block of stone, bolt, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellum, diminutive of Latin quadrum square — more at quadrate

Noun (2)

Middle English querele, from Anglo-French, from Latin querela grievance, complaint, from queri to complain

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarrel was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quarrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarrel. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

quarrel

1 of 2 noun
1
: a cause of dispute or complaint
2
: an angry difference of opinion : dispute

quarrel

2 of 2 verb
quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling
1
: to find fault
I quarrel with your version of what happened
2
: to argue forcefully or loudly : squabble
quarreler noun
or quarreller

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