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 (kwĕr′ə-ləs, kwĕr′yə-)
1. Given to complaining; peevish.
2. Expressing a complaint or grievance; grumbling: a querulous voice; querulous comments.

[Middle English querulose, litigious, quarrelsome, from Old French querelos, from Late Latin querulōsus, querulous, from Latin querulus, from querī, to complain; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.]

quer′u·lous·ly adv.
quer′u·lous·ness n.
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Noun1.querulousness - the quality of being given to complaining
pettishness, snappishness, surliness, biliousness, peevishness, irritability, temper - a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger; "his temper was well known to all his employees"
References in classic literature ?
Her grandmother slept most of the time, and when she did speak, it was with the querulousness of disease, and not in the tones of affection.
Lisbeth was going on, for she was not at all afraid of Seth, and usually poured into his ears all the querulousness which was repressed by her awe of Adam.
Princess Mary well knew this mood of quiet absorbed querulousness, which generally culminated in a burst of rage, and she went about all that morning as though facing a cocked and loaded gun and awaited the inevitable explosion.
He realized now that, even though it had moved his pity, Claire's querulousness had offended something in him.
This flow of quotation and hospitality in Wegg indicated his observation of some little querulousness on the part of Venus.
he cried with sudden querulousness, 'why, God knows that this one child is there thought and object of my life, and yet he never prospers me--no, never