Most recently, members of the American Psychiatric Association are quarreling about whether grief is a disease entity—depression.
As a rule, however, it is all good-natured, and the noise is more bantering than quarreling.
Says your uncle Silas is like a changed man, on account of all this quarreling.
A point of light had pierced the darkness,--the trades were quarreling among themselves!
Was it reasonable to keep on quarreling when the whole village was embracing?
There was a horrid noise; two families were quarreling about the head of an eel, which in the end was carried off by the Cat.
Their greatest faults then as now were gambling and quarreling.
They were both unsettled and passed through days of irritation when they came perilously near to quarreling.
I was disgusted, and then they all fell to quarreling over Tchaikovsky.
And then he came into Jubilee, and found three of his freedmen drunk and quarreling in the street.
"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.
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.