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quarrel

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

Definition of quarrel

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century


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quarrel

noun quar·rel

Definition of quarrel

  1. 1 :  a ground of dispute or complaint <have no quarrel with a different approach>

  2. 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


First Known Use: 14th century

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 quar·rel

Definition of quarrel

quarreled

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quarrelled

quarreling

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quarrelling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to find fault <many people quarrel with the idea — Johns Hopkins Magazine>

  3. 2 :  to contend or dispute actively <quarreled frequently with his superiors — London Calling>

quarreler

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quarreller

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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.

14th Century

First Known Use of quarrel

14th century



QUARREL Defined for English Language Learners


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quarrel

verb quar·rel

Definition of quarrel for English Language Learners

  • : to argue about or disagree with something


QUARREL Defined for Kids

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quarrel

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noun quar·rel \ˈkwȯr-əl\

Definition of quarrel for Students

  1. 1 :  an angry argument or disagreement

  2. 2 :  a cause of disagreement or complaint <I have no quarrel with your plan.>


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quarrel

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verb quar·rel

Definition of quarrel for Students

quarreled

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quarrelled

quarreling

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quarrelling

  1. 1 :  to argue angrily

  2. 2 :  to find fault <No one quarreled with his decision.>



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