quarrelsome

adjective quar·rel·some \ ˈkwȯr(-ə)l-səm , ˈkwär(-ə)l- \

Definition of quarrelsome

:apt or disposed to quarrel in an often petty manner :contentious

quarrelsomely

adverb

quarrelsomeness

noun

Examples of quarrelsome in a Sentence

  1. a quarrelsome student who was always being sent to the principal's office for starting fights in the halls

  2. you're so quarrelsome: you can never do anything without a fuss

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First Known Use of quarrelsome

1596

Synonym Discussion of quarrelsome

belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, quarrelsome, contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities.
    • belligerent nations
bellicose suggests a disposition to fight.
    • a drunk in a bellicose mood
pugnacious suggests a disposition that takes pleasure in personal combat.
    • a pugnacious gangster
quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause.
    • the heat made us all quarrelsome
contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling.
    • wearied by his contentious disposition

QUARRELSOME Defined for English Language Learners

quarrelsome

adjective

Definition of quarrelsome for English Language Learners

  • : ready or likely to argue or disagree


QUARRELSOME Defined for Kids

quarrelsome

adjective quar·rel·some \ ˈkwȯr-əl-səm \

Definition of quarrelsome for Students

:usually ready to disagree or argue
  • a quarrelsome person


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