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[kwer-uh-luh s, kwer-yuh-] /ˈkwɛr ə ləs, ˈkwɛr yə-/
full of complaints; complaining.
characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish:
a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.
Origin of querulous
1490-1500; < Latin querulus, equivalent to quer(ī) to complain + -ulus -ulous
Related forms
querulously, adverb
querulousness, noun
unquerulous, adjective
unquerulously, adverb
unquerulousness, noun
1, 2. petulant, testy; caviling, carping, discontented.
1. contented. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for querulous
  • Adrift in a clueless no-man's-land, I felt my moods range from querulous to despondent.
  • Investors and oil people grew anxious and querulous.
  • Above all, I do not wish to sound querulous.
  • Gale added that he is not just being querulous when he raises the question of logical impossibility.
  • Sometimes - very rarely - drink made her feel better, but more often it turned her querulous and tetchy.
  • He can be querulous, particularly on behalf of his work.
  • His voice had a youthful, slightly querulous timbre.
  • But she can't bear its querulous priest, and finally returns home to more familiar constraints and suffering.
  • His high, querulous voice is heard in every colloquy.
  • There was no word of querulous acrimony too strong for his use.
British Dictionary definitions for querulous


/ˈkwɛrʊləs; ˈkwɛrjʊ-/
inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
characterized by or proceeding from a complaining fretful attitude or disposition: a querulous tone
Derived Forms
querulously, adverb
querulousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin querulus from querī to complain
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Word Origin and History for querulous

c.1400, from Old French querelos "quarrelsome, argumentative" and directly from Late Latin querulosus, from Latin querulus "full of complaints, complaining," from queri "to complain." Retains the original vowel of quarrel (n.1). Related: Querulously; querulousness.

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