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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 of quarrel1
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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  • Mr Dombey was far from quarrelling, in his own breast, with the manner of his beautiful betrothed.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • Where was the use of quarrelling about a man he was never likely to set eyes on again?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • They were not asleep; they were about, fishing or quarrelling in the silver light.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • At first I was horribly frightened—I thought you and Marcus had been quarrelling.

  • Marriage was as yet in a rude state, and couples had a way of quarrelling and separating.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • A crowd had assembled, and two gentlemen were quarrelling furiously.

  • In the further corner of the room two women were quarrelling.

    The Missioner E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • God would have no quarrelling at His just condemning of us at that day.'

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Agnes was enraged, but there was no time to waste in quarrelling or scolding.

    Angel Agnes Wesley Bradshaw
British Dictionary definitions for quarrelling

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 quarrelling

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 quarrelling

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