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bicker1

[bik-er] /ˈbɪk ər/
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 of bicker1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bikeren < ?
Related forms
bickerer, noun
unbickered, adjective
unbickering, adjective
Synonyms
1. disagree, squabble, argue, quarrel, haggle, dispute, spar, spat.

bicker2

[bik-er] /ˈbɪk ər/
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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  • Mr. Frederick Bush interposed, stopping for a moment his bicker with Gladys.

  • To bicker, argue, and debate would have been entirely at odds with its standards.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • Two girls would perch on the drug-store stools back to back, and bicker in pretended ignorance of each other's presence.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The house which bicker occupied had always been used as a tavern.

    Old Taverns of New York William Harrison Bayles
  • It is useless for you to deny it, for I heard your talk myself, and saw a letter written by bicker to Gilroy.

    Boys of The Fort Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for bicker

bicker

/ˈbɪkə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to argue over petty matters; squabble
2.
(poetic)
  1. (esp of a stream) to run quickly
  2. to flicker; glitter
noun
3.
a petty squabble
Derived Forms
bickerer, noun
bickering, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bicker
v.

early 14c., bikere, "to skirmish, fight," perhaps from Middle Dutch bicken "to slash, stab, attack," + -er, Middle English frequentative suffix. Meaning "to quarrel" is from mid-15c. Related: Bickered; bickering.

n.

c.1300, skirmish, battle; from the same source as bicker (v.). In modern use, often to describe the sound of a flight of an arrow or other repeated, loud, rapid sounds, in which sense it is perhaps at least partly echoic.

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