bick·​er | \ ˈbi-kər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \

Definition of bicker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : petulant quarreling : altercation
2 : a sound of or as if of bickering


bickered; bickering\ ˈbi-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bicker (audio) \

Definition of bicker (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in a petulant or petty quarrel bickering over money
2a : to move with a rapidly repeated noise a bickering stream

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bickerer \ ˈbi-​kə-​rər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \ noun

Examples of bicker in a Sentence

Noun after a prolonged bicker, they finally managed to find a movie that both of them were interested in seeing Verb She is always bickering with her mother. They bickered about how to decorate the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My 13- and 10-year-old daughters bicker and verbally jab too much for me. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 While the other girls bicker over hobbies and boys, Aimee erupts in tears. Christi Carras Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 For another, his parents bicker infectiously, often roping him in as a mediator, or collateral damage, or both. Andrea Long Chu, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2021 Even as Democrats shrink from some elements of Biden's plan and bicker over others, Ways and Means last week approved an array of tax hikes on corporations and wealthy Americans exceeding $2 trillion over 10 years. John Harwood, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 This is why ghosts populate her stories, why characters commune and bicker with the dead. Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2021 But when the dogs aren’t talking to her, the schnauzer quartet — there are also two boys, Orion and Iker — bicker and act out telenovela-like personal dramas in Spanish. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Even before cameras roll for a USA TODAY interview, the two broadly bicker over Blunt's blanket that is shedding on Johnson's perfect pants. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Yet while legal teams bicker, SpaceX continued its relentless march onwards. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The brothers, who bicker a lot, wind up getting close to those who knew the dead man, and the twists start coming fast and, at times, absurdly., 2 Sep. 2021 The Allies, whose experiences of war and motives for holding a trial differed significantly, began to bicker among themselves and eventually lost interest. Benjamin Nathans, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 For years, Antonio and Gladys Lozano would bicker over who would go first. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 Life’s too short to argue and bicker over who killed who, after all. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Scarlett Johansson's Natasha and Florence Pugh's Yelena pick the perfect time to bicker during a high-speed chase in this preview. Rachel Yang,, 17 May 2021 Instead of spending years amassing information so that an ever-changing cast of characters can bicker over details and demand eye-glazing studies, just try something out. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 After Chris and Bud get in a seemingly horrific car wreck and then bicker with one another, eyewitnesses intervene and try to de-escalate the situation. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2021 When is the last time a quarterback as good as Dak Prescott has had to bicker with a franchise to get his money? Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bicker


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bicker


Middle English biker

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The first known use of bicker was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bicker

: to argue in a way that is annoying about things that are not important


bick·​er | \ ˈbi-kər How to pronounce bicker (audio) \
bickered; bickering

Kids Definition of bicker

: to quarrel in an irritating way especially over unimportant things

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