quarrel 1[kwawr-uhl, kwor-] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quarrel on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. an angry dispute or altercation; a disagreement marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.
  2. a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling: She has no quarrel with her present salary.

verb (used without object), quar·reled, quar·rel·ing or (especially British) quar·relled, quar·rel·ling.

  1. to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.
  2. to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement.
  3. to make a complaint; find fault.

Origin of quarrel 1 1300–50; Middle English querele Old French Latin querēla, querella a complaint, derivative of querī to complainRelated formsquar·rel·er, nounquar·rel·ing·ly, adverbun·quar·rel·ing, adjectiveun·quar·rel·ling, adjectiveSynonyms for quarrel See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1. argument, contention, controversy, difference, fight. Quarrel, dissension refer to disagreement and conflict. Quarrel applies chiefly to a verbal disagreement between individuals or groups and is used with reference to a large variety of situations, from a slight and petty difference of opinion to a violent altercation: It was little more than a domestic quarrel. Their quarrel led to the barroom brawl. Dissension usually implies a profound disagreement and bitter conflict. It also applies chiefly to conflict within a group or to members of the same group: dissension within the union; dissension among the Democrats. 3. bicker, argue, brawl, fight. quarrel 2[kwawr-uh l, kwor-] noun

  1. a square-headed bolt or arrow, formerly used with a crossbow.
  2. Also quarry. a small, square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, as used in latticed windows.
  3. any of various tools with pyramidal heads.

Origin of quarrel 2 1175–1225; Middle English quarel Old French Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square Related Words for quarrel run-in, discord, tiff, ruckus, argument, wrangle, strife, row, disturbance, altercation, falling-out, spat, dispute, squabble, brawl, misunderstanding, dissension, struggle, fracas, difference Examples from the Web for quarrel Contemporary Examples of quarrel

  • Their quarrel is with more recently formed verbs like incentivize.

    Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With

    Nick Romeo

    November 3, 2014

  • When quiet, he realized that the quarrel was a metaphor for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Jaffa: A Tale Of Two Lands

    Lauren Gelfond Feldinger

    February 16, 2014

  • I share their concern about government, but this is not a quarrel with our government in Washington.

    Tea Party Strikes Out Against the Atlanta Braves

    Patricia Murphy

    November 27, 2013

  • You can quarrel with that decision in all sorts of ways, but it is the worker, not the company, who gets most of the benefit.

    Why Can’t Companies Find the Workers they Need?

    Megan McArdle

    November 15, 2012

  • He concluded, the Gaza refugees “have no quarrel with the Jews.”

    One-Note History: A Response to Yousef Munayyer

    Gil Troy

    June 19, 2012

  • Historical Examples of quarrel

  • “You seek to force a quarrel, sir,” said the young man, white with anger.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “So ends our quarrel, then,” said Aylward, sheathing his sword.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Very well, then, Sir, you are ill; don’t let us quarrel about that.

    The Imaginary Invalid


  • He cherishes no quarrel, therefore, with his destiny, nor with the Author of it.

    The Old Apple Dealer (From “Mosses From An Old Manse”)

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The quarrel is not yours nor mine, nor the grievances naither.


    Scian Dubh

  • British Dictionary definitions for quarrel quarrel 1 noun

    1. an angry disagreement; argument
    2. a cause of disagreement or dispute; grievance

    verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled (intr often foll by with)

    1. to engage in a disagreement or dispute; argue
    2. to find fault; complain

    Derived Formsquarreller or US quarreler, nounWord Origin for quarrel C14: from Old French querele, from Latin querēlla complaint, from querī to complain quarrel 2 noun

    1. an arrow having a four-edged head, fired from a crossbow
    2. a small square or diamond-shaped pane of glass, usually one of many in a fixed or casement window and framed with lead

    Word Origin for quarrel C13: from Old French quarrel pane, from Medieval Latin quadrellus, diminutive of Latin quadrus square Word Origin and History for quarrel n.1

    “angry dispute,” mid-14c., originally “ground for complaint,” from Old French querele “matter, concern, business; dispute, controversy” (Modern French querelle), from Latin querella “complaint, accusation; lamentation,” from queri “to complain, lament.” Replaced Old English sacan. Sense of “contention between persons” is from 1570s.


    “square-headed bolt for a crossbow,” mid-13c., from Old French quarel, carrel “bolt, arrow,” from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus (adj.) “square,” related to quattuor “four” (see four). Now-archaic sense of “square or diamond-shaped plane of glass” first recorded mid-15c.


    late 14c., “to raise an objection;” 1520s as “to contend violently, to fall out,” from quarrel (n.1) and in part from Old French quereler (Modern French quereller). Related: Quarrelled; quarrelling.

    Idioms and Phrases with quarrel quarrel

    see pick a quarrel.

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