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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.
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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 bickering
n.

c.1300, "a skirmish," from bicker (v.). Meaning "a verbal wrangle" is from 1570s.

adj.

1808 in the sense of "contentious," present participle adjective from bicker (v.). Earlier it was used to mean "flashing, quivering" (1660s).

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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