noun an angry dispute
run-in; wrangle; dustup; words; row.
- they had a quarrel
- they had words
noun an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
verb have a disagreement over something
argufy; altercate; scrap; dispute.
- We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America
- These two fellows are always scrapping over something
, OF. quarrel
, F. carreau
, LL. quadrellus
, from L. quadrus
square. See Quadrate
, and cf. Quadrel
an arrow, Carrel
- An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head. Obs.
To shoot with arrows and quarrel.
Sir J. Mandeville.
Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels.
Sir W. Scott.
- (Arch.) Any small square or quadrangular member; as: (a) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally. (b) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square. (c) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.
- A glazier's diamond.
- A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
, OF. querele
, F. querelle
, fr. L. querela
, a complaint, fr. queri
to complain. See Querulous
- A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses.
I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant.
Lev. xxvi. 25.
On open seas their quarrels they debate.
- Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.
Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him.
Mark vi. 19.
No man hath any quarrel to me.
He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him.
- Earnest desire or longing. Obs.
Syn. -- Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.
Quar"rel intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Quarreled or Quarrelled; present participle & verbal noun Quarreling or Quarrelling
- To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.
Our people quarrel with obedience.
But some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed.
- To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.
Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust.
Sir W. Temple.
- To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.
I will not quarrel with a slight mistake.
Quar"rel transitive verb
- To quarrel with. R. "I had quarelled my brother purposely."
- To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
Written also quarreller
- One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.
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