bickering


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bick·er

 (bĭk′ər)
intr.v. bick·ered, bick·er·ing, bick·ers
1. To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
2.
a. To flicker or glitter: "bicker like a flame" (Robert Browning).
b. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
n.
An angry quarrel; a squabble.

[Middle English bikeren, to attack.]

bick′er·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bickering - a quarrel about petty pointsbickering - a quarrel about petty points  
dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
Translations

bickering

[ˈbɪkərɪŋ] Nriñas fpl, discusiones fpl

bickering

[ˈbɪkərɪŋ] n
(political)querelles fpl
[neighbours, family] → chamailleries fpl

bickering

nGezänk nt

bickering

[ˈbɪkərɪŋ] nbisticci mpl
References in classic literature ?
He was a quiet individual, molesting no one and not given to bickering with his fellows.
It was not a happy time, for the house of Lumai was a house of perpetual bickering and quarrelling.
Bickering and high words would arise, during which my father was wont to declare that, though he no longer derived the smallest pleasure or relaxation from life, and had spent his last coin upon my education, I had not yet mastered the French language.
Two Italians by the Loggia had been bickering about a debt.
I said then that it was not in order," voices were heard bickering with one another.
There's no quarrelling, bickering, slandthering, nor small talk amongst us.
It was market day at Sidi Aissa, and the numberless caravans of camels coming in from the desert, and the crowds of bickering Arabs in the market place, filled Tarzan with a consuming desire to remain for a day that he might see more of these sons of the desert.
The squabbling and bickering among the dogs had long since died down, and the weary animals were curled in the snow, each with his feet and nose bunched together and covered by his wolf's brush of a tail.
But she always caused confusion, either chattering and squealing with fright or bickering at the other animals.
We had sight of two rover galleys, and even came to have some slight bickering with them.
I could hear them bickering among themselves as to whose fault it was; some were weeping--for themselves, for me, and for the disgraceful way their lads had behaved.
Hereupon some little squibbing and bickering occurred among various members of the crowd, and especially between "Old Charley" and Mr.