bicker

1 [bik-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in petulant or peevish argument; wrangle: The two were always bickering.
2.
to run rapidly; move quickly; rush; hurry: a stream bickering down the valley.
3.
to flicker; glitter: The sun bickered through the trees.
noun
4.
an angry, petty dispute or quarrel; contention.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bikeren < ?

bickerer, noun
unbickered, adjective
unbickering, adjective


1. disagree, squabble, argue, quarrel, haggle, dispute, spar, spat.
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bicker

2 [bik-er]
noun Scot.
1.
any wooden dish or bowl, especially a wooden porridge bowl.
2.
Obsolete. a wooden drinking cup.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English biker beaker

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bicker (ˈbɪkə)
 
vb
1.  to argue over petty matters; squabble
2.  poetic
 a.  (esp of a stream) to run quickly
 b.  to flicker; glitter
 
n
3.  a petty squabble
 
[C13: of unknown origin]
 
'bickerer
 
n
 
'bickering
 
n, —adj

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bicker
early 14c., bikere, "to skirmish, fight," perhaps from M.Du. bicken "to slash, stab, attack," + -er, M.E. frequentative suffix. Meaning "to quarrel" is from mid-15c. As a noun, bicker is recorded from c.1300; often used to describe the sound of a flight of a missile, in which sense it is perhaps at least
partly echoic.
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Example sentences
It allows them to bicker about abstracts without actually doing anything.
He warns that they'll bicker and possibly even brawl.
Nor did they bicker or fall silent at moments of disagreement.
In the early days of their ordeal, they bicker and mourn, but solitude and need
  draw them together.
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