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 (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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Word Origin & History

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.

bickering
c.1300, "a skirmish," from bicker (q.v.). Meaning "a verbal wrangle" is from 1570s. As a prp. adj., attested from 1808 in the sense of "contentious;" earlier it was used to mean "flashing, quivering" (1660s).
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Example sentences
Bickering and infighting do not contribute to addressing these broad societal
  goals.
Years of bureaucratic bickering set things badly behind.
There is no point in countries bickering about who is to blame for climate
  change.
There are many questions to be answered and bickering over this won't get the
  job done.
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