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[kwawr-uh l-suh m, kwor-] /ˈkwɔr əl səm, ˈkwɒr-/
inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious.
Origin of quarrelsome
1590-1600; quarrel1 + -some1
Related forms
quarrelsomely, adverb
quarrelsomeness, noun
unquarrelsome, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quarrelsome
  • And all too often one quarrelsome member lashes out at another.
  • These people are admittedly paranoid, contentious and quarrelsome.
  • There is no yard work, and quarrelsome neighbors can be left in your rear-view mirror.
  • Ex-dissidents often proved quarrelsome and ineffective in power.
  • The conversation at the conference was remarkably frank, and sometimes quarrelsome.
  • Throughout history this region has never seen any prolonged peace, perhaps these quarrelsome people are simply ungovernable.
  • Economists tend to be a quarrelsome lot, dogmatic in their own opinions and disdainful of colleagues who disagree.
  • The other is the story of how a quarrelsome group of raucous individualists is welded into an effective combat outfit.
  • It tends to make people fiercely quarrelsome in matters of religion.
  • The dog that is quarrelsome and not strong, woe to his hide.
British Dictionary definitions for quarrelsome


inclined to quarrel or disagree; belligerent
Derived Forms
quarrelsomely, adverb
quarrelsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quarrelsome

1590s, from quarrel (n.1) + -some (1). Related: Quarrelsomeness.

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