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quarrel

noun quar·rel \ ˈkwȯr(-ə)l , ˈkwär(-ə)l \

Definition of quarrel

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

Origin and Etymology of quarrel

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


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quarrel

noun

Definition of quarrel

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

Origin and Etymology of quarrel

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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quarrel

verb

Definition of quarrel

quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling
intransitive verb
1 : to find fault
  • many people quarrel with the idea
  • Johns Hopkins Magazine
2 : to contend or dispute actively
  • quarreled frequently with his superiors
  • London Calling

quarreler

or quarreller noun

Examples of quarrel in a Sentence

  1. The children quarrel all the time.

  2. She and her husband are always quarreling about money.

  3. I don't want to quarrel with you.

First Known Use of quarrel

14th century



QUARREL Defined for English Language Learners

quarrel

verb

Definition of quarrel for English Language Learners

  • : to argue about or disagree with something


QUARREL Defined for Kids

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quarrel

noun quar·rel \ ˈkwȯr-əl \

Definition of quarrel for Students

1 : an angry argument or disagreement
2 : a cause of disagreement or complaint I have no quarrel with your plan.

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quarrel

verb

Definition of quarrel for Students

quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling
1 : to argue angrily
2 : to find fault
  • No one quarreled with his decision.


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