querulous

adjective quer·u·lous \ ˈkwer-yə-ləs , -ə-ləs also ˈkwir- \

Definition of querulous

1 :habitually complaining
2 :fretful, whining
  • a querulous voice

querulously

adverb

querulousness

noun

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Examples of querulous in a Sentence

  1. car trips that were frequently spoiled by a couple of querulous passengers in the back

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English speakers have tagged fearful whiners "querulous" since late medieval times. The Middle English form of the word, "querelose," was an adaptation of the Latin adjective, querulus, which in turn evolved from the Latin verb queri, meaning "to complain." "Queri" is also an ancestor of the English words "quarrel" and "quarrelsome," but it isn't an ancestor of the noun "query" (meaning "question"). No need to complain that we're being coy; we're happy to let you know that "query" descends from the Latin verb quaerere, meaning "to ask."

Origin and Etymology of querulous

Middle English querelose, from Latin querulus, from queri to complain


QUERULOUS Defined for English Language Learners

querulous

adjective

Definition of querulous for English Language Learners

  • : complaining in an annoyed way


QUERULOUS Defined for Kids

querulous

adjective quer·u·lous \ ˈkwer-yə-ləs , -ə-ləs \

Definition of querulous for Students

:having or showing a complaining attitude
  • a querulous voice


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