noun (1)
quar·​rel | \ ˈkwȯr(-ə)l How to pronounce quarrel (audio) , ˈkwär(-ə)l How to pronounce quarrel (audio) \

Definition of quarrel

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a square-headed bolt or arrow especially for a crossbow


noun (2)

Definition of quarrel (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a ground of dispute or complaint have no quarrel with a different approach
2 : a usually verbal conflict between antagonists : altercation


quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling

Definition of quarrel (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to find fault many people quarrel with the ideaJohns Hopkins Magazine
2 : to contend or dispute actively quarreled frequently with his superiorsLondon Calling

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quarreler or quarreller noun

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Noun (2)

quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger. quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention. a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions. wrangle interminably about small issues altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows. a loud public altercation squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger. a brief squabble over what to do next

Examples of quarrel in a Sentence

Verb The children quarrel all the time. She and her husband are always quarreling about money. I don't want to quarrel with you.
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First Known Use of quarrel

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quarrel

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, square block of stone, bolt, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellum, diminutive of Latin quadrum square — more at quadrate

Noun (2)

Middle English querele, from Anglo-French, from Latin querela grievance, complaint, from queri to complain

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The first known use of quarrel was in the 13th century

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“Quarrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarrel. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quarrel

: to argue about or disagree with something


quar·​rel | \ ˈkwȯr-əl How to pronounce quarrel (audio) \

Kids Definition of quarrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an angry argument or disagreement
2 : a cause of disagreement or complaint I have no quarrel with your plan.


quarreled or quarrelled; quarreling or quarrelling

Kids Definition of quarrel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to argue angrily
2 : to find fault No one quarreled with his decision.

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