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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.
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.
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
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.
This flow of quotation and hospitality in Wegg indicated his observation of some little querulousness on the part of Venus.
In 2011, the best of his work was collected into Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It, a title whose playful yet provocative querulousness says much about the columns Jacobson writes.
Another important quality of Emma--not a feature of her mind or her thinking, exactly--is her absolutely unwavering kindness to her father and her patience with his querulousness, fearfulness, and need for constant reassurance.
Here, the querulousness of Dugan's rhetoric creates an angle, a slope that we slide down into the initial image.
REGARDING JAFFA'S LEGENDARY QUERULOUSNESS, others have tried to interpret it and put it into context--some to explain, some to justify, others to condemn.
Finally, Eliza Bent's Global Spodight essay (page 58) draws thoughtful parallels between two international productions, one of which nailed me and the rest of a 2013 Malta Festival audience in Poznan, Poland, to our seats--Romeo Castellucci's The Four Seasons Restaurant, a thrillingly assaultive piece that Bent evokes with a mix of querulousness and admiration.
Patrick Moore, astronomer "There's no law that decrees when not to whinge, but you reach a certain age - 80 seems STAR Moore about right - when you're expected to manifest querulousness - the coffee's too hot, the boiled egg's too soft " Clement Freud, broadcaster ELDERLY EXERCISE "I am getting to an age when I can enjoy the last sport left.