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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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  • Some are quarrelsome and combative and will fight on the slightest provocation.

  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • He perceived that they were a quarrelsome people, which possessed the lust for land and conquest like the rest of their blood.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • At first, to be sure, the workmen showed a quarrelsome disposition.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In fact, she hinted that it was good to be brave, but bad to be quarrelsome.

    Cat and Dog Julia Charlotte Maitland
  • And then we come to the great offence—your quarrelsome habits.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Then they got quarrelsome and mischievous and seemed to forget all about their shooting.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
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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