querulously

querulous

[kwer-uh-luhs, kwer-yuh-]
adjective
1.
full of complaints; complaining.
2.
characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Latin querulus, equivalent to quer(ī) to complain + -ulus -ulous

querulously, adverb
querulousness, noun
unquerulous, adjective
unquerulously, adverb
unquerulousness, noun


1, 2. petulant, testy; caviling, carping, discontented.


1. contented.
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querulous (ˈkwɛrʊləs, ˈkwɛrjʊ-)
 
adj
1.  inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
2.  characterized by or proceeding from a complaining fretful attitude or disposition: a querulous tone
 
[C15: from Latin querulus from querī to complain]
 
'querulously
 
adv
 
'querulousness
 
n

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querulous
c.1500, from O.Fr. querelos, from L.L. querulosus, from L. querulus "full of complaints, complaining," from queri "to complain." Retains the original vowel of quarrel (1).
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