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querulous

[kwer-uh-luh s, kwer-yuh-] /ˈkwɛr ə ləs, ˈkwɛr yə-/
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
1490-1500; < Latin querulus, equivalent to quer(ī) to complain + -ulus -ulous
Related forms
querulously, adverb
querulousness, noun
unquerulous, adjective
unquerulously, adverb
unquerulousness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. petulant, testy; caviling, carping, discontented.
Antonyms
1. contented.
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querulous

/ˈkwɛrʊləs; ˈkwɛrjʊ-/
adjective
1.
inclined to make whining or peevish complaints
2.
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 un querulous
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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