quarreling


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quar·rel 1

 (kwôr′əl, kwŏr′-)
n.
1. An interaction in which the parties involved express angry disagreement with one another: I changed the subject to avoid being drawn into a quarrel.
2. A reason for a dispute or argument: We have no quarrel with the findings of the committee.
intr.v. quar·reled, quar·rel·ing, quar·rels or quar·relled or quar·rel·ling
1. To express angry disagreement; engage in a quarrel: The children quarreled over the last piece of cake. See Synonyms at argue.
2. To find fault or disagree: I quarrel with your conclusions.

[Middle English querele, from Old French, complaint, from Latin querella, querēla, from querī, to complain; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.]

quar′rel·er (quar′rel·ler) n.

quar·rel 2

 (kwôr′əl, kwŏr′-)
n.
1. A bolt for a crossbow.
2. A tool, such as a stonemason's chisel, that has a squared head.
3. A small diamond-shaped or square pane of glass in a latticed window.

[Middle English quarel, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus, square, from Latin quadrum; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]
References in classic literature ?
He couldn't quarrel with George Willard because he was incapable of quarreling, so he got up to go away.
exclaimed the older professor, "I do not propose to lower myself by quarreling with you.
He had put her there to keep her quiet, it seemed--and that not altogether with success, for once or twice they had been heard quarreling.
Our first emotion was deep, unutterable gratitude, our next was a foolish rage, born of the suspicion that possibly the hotel had been visible three-quarters of an hour while we sat there in those cold puddles quarreling.
Says your uncle Silas is like a changed man, on account of all this quarreling.
The English clergyman was poor and he had five children nearly all the same age and they wore shabby clothes and were always quarreling and snatching toys from each other.