quar·​rel·​some | \ ˈkwȯr(-ə)l-səm How to pronounce quarrelsome (audio) , ˈkwär(-ə)l- \

Definition of quarrelsome

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

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Other Words from quarrelsome

quarrelsomely adverb
quarrelsomeness noun

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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

Examples of quarrelsome in a Sentence

a quarrelsome student who was always being sent to the principal's office for starting fights in the halls you're so quarrelsome: you can never do anything without a fuss
Recent Examples on the Web There are so many things going on that someone could become quarrelsome. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 7, 2019: Leo, don’t explain or complain; Capricorn, take compliments with a grain of salt," 7 Dec. 2019 Anthony set sail for New Amsterdam in 1629, and before long acquired a large farm just north of the city stockade at Wall Street, along with a reputation as one of the most quarrelsome characters in a town full of them. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Brooklyn’s Muslim Presence Goes Back Centuries. Here’s Proof From 1643.," 3 Dec. 2019 That’s the unwritten code of civility and compromise Virginia’s lawmakers have long said sets them apart from the quarrelsome mob in Congress. Washington Post, "Meet the Virginia lawmaker who protested President Trump at Jamestown," 3 Aug. 2019 Ellison’s quarrelsome personality clouded his reputation. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 The Skylight production is most effective at capturing family interplay, quarrelsome when boundaries are overstepped, fond when common ground is regained. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Women, united: Evil stirs 'The Madres' to action in Argentina," 30 Mar. 2018 To make headway, the task needs to be assigned to an official with the clout to compel collaboration among disparate and often quarrelsome national security bureaucracies. Anchorage Daily News, "The Pentagon isn’t taking UFOs seriously enough," 16 Mar. 2018 That the world is a contradictory and quarrelsome place is hardly breaking news. USA TODAY, "Against tense global backdrop, let the Games begin," 7 Feb. 2018 Once in New York, Hardwick claims to have meandered a bit, living with a quarrelsome gay roommate and going out to jazz clubs to see performances by, among others, Billie Holiday. Michelle Dean, New Republic, "The Company She Kept," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quarrelsome

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quarrelsome was in 1596

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“Quarrelsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarrelsome. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quarrelsome

: ready or likely to argue or disagree


quar·​rel·​some | \ ˈkwȯr-əl-səm How to pronounce quarrelsome (audio) \

Kids Definition of quarrelsome

: usually ready to disagree or argue a quarrelsome person

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