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quarrel1

[kwawr-uh l, kwor-] /ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-/
noun
1.
an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
2.
a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling:
She has no quarrel with her present salary.
verb (used without object), quarreled, quarreling or (especially British) quarrelled, quarrelling.
3.
to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
4.
to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
5.
to make a complaint; find fault.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English querele < Old French < Latin querēla, querella a complaint, derivative of querī to complain
Related forms
quarreler, noun
quarrelingly, adverb
unquarreling, adjective
unquarrelling, adjective
Synonyms
1. argument, contention, controversy, difference, fight. Quarrel, dissension refer to disagreement and conflict. Quarrel applies chiefly to a verbal disagreement between individuals or groups and is used with reference to a large variety of situations, from a slight and petty difference of opinion to a violent altercation: It was little more than a domestic quarrel. Their quarrel led to the barroom brawl. Dissension usually implies a profound disagreement and bitter conflict. It also applies chiefly to conflict within a group or to members of the same group: dissension within the union; dissension among the Democrats. 3. bicker, argue, brawl, fight.
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British Dictionary definitions for quarreling

quarrel1

/ˈkwɒrəl/
noun
1.
an angry disagreement; argument
2.
a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance
verb -rels, -relling, -relled (US) -rels, -reling, -reled (intransitive) often foll by with
3.
to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
4.
to find fault; complain
Derived Forms
quarreller, (US) quarreler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French querele, from Latin querēlla complaint, from querī to complain

quarrel2

/ˈkwɒrəl/
noun
1.
an arrow having a four-edged head, fired from a crossbow
2.
a small square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, usually one of many in a fixed or casement window and framed with lead
Word Origin
C13: from Old French quarrel pane, from Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square
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Word Origin and History for quarreling

quarrel

n.

"angry dispute," mid-14c., originally "ground for complaint," from Old French querele "matter, concern, business; dispute, controversy" (Modern French querelle), from Latin querella "complaint, accusation; lamentation," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced Old English sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s.

"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," mid-13c., from Old French quarel, carrel "bolt, arrow," from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Now-archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.

v.

late 14c., "to raise an objection;" 1520s as "to contend violently, to fall out," from quarrel (n.1) and in part from Old French quereler (Modern French quereller). Related: Quarrelled; quarrelling.

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Idioms and Phrases with quarreling

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