1 [kwawr-uhl, kwor-]
an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
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.
to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
to make a complaint; find fault.

1300–50; Middle English querele < Old French < Latin querēla, querella a complaint, derivative of querī to complain

quarreler, noun
quarrelingly, adverb
unquarreling, adjective
unquarrelling, adjective

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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quarrel1 (ˈkwɒrəl)
1.  an angry disagreement; argument
2.  a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance
vb (often foll by with) , -rels, -relling, -relled, -rels, -reling, -reled
3.  to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
4.  to find fault; complain
[C14: from Old French querele, from Latin querēlla complaint, from querī to complain]

quarrel2 (ˈkwɒrəl)
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
[C13: from Old French quarrel pane, from Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square]

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Word Origin & History

"angry dispute," mid-14c., "ground for complaint," from O.Fr. querele, from L. querella "complaint," from queri "to complain, lament." Replaced O.E. sacan. Sense of "contention between persons" is from 1570s. The verb is attested from late 14c. in the sense "to raise an objection;" 1520s with the meaning
"to contend violently, to fall out."

"square-headed bolt for a crossbow," early 13c., from O.Fr. quarel, from V.L. *quadrellus, dim. of L.L. quadrus (adj.) "square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Archaic sense of "square or diamond-shaped plane of glass" first recorded mid-15c.
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