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 Even Jefferson soon had enough of the quarrelsome envoy. Shaun Assael, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2021 How to mold a lasting and resilient nation out of this quarrelsome collection of commonwealths? Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 The group’s board included Morton Irvine Smith, scion of a quarrelsome California family that once owned much of the land on which Orange County was built. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2021 If people become quarrelsome or negative, don’t take it personally. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2021 There are so many things going on that someone could become quarrelsome. Magi Helena, oregonlive, 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, 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, 3 Aug. 2019 Ellison’s quarrelsome personality clouded his reputation. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, 2 July 2018

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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 20 Sep. 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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