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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Noun quarrel has 2 senses

Verb quarrel has 1 sense


quarreln. [OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL. quadrellus, from L. quadrus square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quadrel, Quarry an arrow, Carrel.].
  •  An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head.  [1913 Webster]
    "To shoot with arrows and quarrel."  [1913 Webster]
    "Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any small square or quadrangular member  [1913 Webster]
  •  A glazier's diamond.  Simmonds.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.  [1913 Webster]
quarreln. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle, fr. L. querela, querella, 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.  [1913 Webster]
    "I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant."  [1913 Webster]
    "On open seas their quarrels they debate."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.  [1913 Webster]
    "Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him."  [1913 Webster]
    "No man hath any quarrel to me."  [1913 Webster]
    "He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Earnest desire or longing.  Holland.  [1913 Webster]
To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.
Syn. -- Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.
quarrelv. i. 
  •  To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.  [1913 Webster]
    "Our people quarrel with obedience."  [1913 Webster]
    "But some defect in her
    Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.  [1913 Webster]
    "Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.  [1913 Webster]
    "I will not quarrel with a slight mistake."  [1913 Webster]
quarrelv. t. 
  •  To quarrel with.  B. Jonson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.  [1913 Webster]
quarreln. [Written also quarreller.].
     One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]


quarrel, n. & v.
1 a violent contention or altercation between individuals or with others.
2 a rupture of friendly relations.
3 an occasion of complaint against a person, a person's actions, etc.
--v.intr. (quarrelled, quarrelling; US quarreled, quarreling)
1 (often foll. by with) take exception; find fault.
2 fall out; have a dispute; break off friendly relations.

quarreller n.
quarrel, n. hist. a short heavy square-headed arrow or bolt used in a crossbow or arbalest.

ME f. OF quar(r)el ult. f. LL quadrus square



Kilkenny cats, action, aerial combat, affray, altercate, altercation, argue, argument, armored combat, arrow, arrowhead, barb, barney, battle, battle royal, beef, bicker, bicker over, bickering, blood feud, bobbery, bobtailed arrow, bolt, box, brannigan, brawl, broil, brush, bullfight, bump, cast out, cat-and-dog life, caterwaul, chested arrow, clash, clash of arms, close, cloth yard shaft, cockfight, collide, combat, come to blows, conflict, contend, contend about, contention, contentiousness, contest, contestation, controversy, cut and thrust, dart, debate, differ, difference, difference of opinion, difficulty, disaccord, disagree, disagreement, discord, disputation, dispute, dissension, dissent, divide, dogfight, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, duel, dust, dustup, embroilment, enmity, exchange blows, exchange of blows, fall out, falling-out, fence, feud, fight, fight a duel, fight over, fighting, fire fight, flight, flite, fliting, fracas, fray, free-for-all, fuss, give and take, give satisfaction, grapple, grapple with, ground combat, hand-to-hand combat, hand-to-hand fight, hassle, have words, have words with, hostility, house-to-house combat, imbroglio, join issue, jostle, joust, knock-down-and-drag-out, litigation, logomachy, melee, miff, misunderstanding, mix it up, naval combat, open quarrel, paper war, passage of arms, pitched battle, polemic, quarrel over, quarreling, quarrelsomeness, rassle, reed, rhubarb, riot, row, ruckus, ruction, rumble, rumpus, run a tilt, run-in, running fight, scramble, scrap, scrapping, scrimmage, scuffle, set to, set-to, shaft, sharp words, shoving match, skirmish, slanging match, snarl, spar, spat, squabble, squabble over, squabbling, squall, stand-up fight, street fight, strife, strive, struggle, take issue with, tauromachy, thrust and parry, thwart, tiff, tilt, to-and-fro, tourney, tug-of-war, tussle, variance, vary, vendetta, volley, wage war, war, war of words, warfare, words, wrangle, wrangle over, wrangling, wrestle




N discord, disagreement, discord, disaccord, dissidence, dissonance, jar, clash, shock, jarring, jostling, screw loose, variance, difference, dissension, misunderstanding, cross purposes, odds, brouillerie, division, split, rupture, disruption, division in the camp, house divided against itself, disunion, breach, schism, feud, faction, quarrel, dispute, tiff, tracasserie, squabble, altercation, barney, demel_e, snarl, spat, towrow, words, high words, wrangling, jangle, brabble, cross questions and crooked answers, snip-snap, family jars, polemics, litigation, strife, warfare, outbreak, open rupture, declaration of war, broil, brawl, row, racket, hubbub, rixation, embroilment, embranglement, imbroglio, fracas, breach of the peace, piece of work, scrimmage, rumpus, breeze, squall, riot, disturbance, commotion, bear garden, Donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, subject of dispute, ground of quarrel, battle ground, disputed point, bone of contention, bone to pick, apple of discord, casus belli, question at issue, vexed question, vexata quaestio, brand of discord, troublous times, cat-and-dog life, contentiousness, enmity, hate, Kilkenny cats, disputant, strange bedfellows, discordant, disagreeing, out of tune, ajar, on bad terms, dissentient, unreconciled, unpacified, contentious, quarrelsome, unpacific, gladiatorial, controversial, polemic, disputatious, factious, litigious, litigant, pettifogging, at odds, at loggerheads, at daggers drawn, at variance, at issue, at cross purposes, at sixes and sevens, at feud, at high words, up in arms, together by the ears, in hot water, embroiled, torn, disunited, quot homines tot sententiae, no love lost between them, non nostrum tantas componere lites, Mars gravior sub pace latet, discord, discordance, dissonance, cacophony, want of harmony, caterwauling, harshness, Babel, Dutch concert, cat's concert, marrowbones and cleavers, discordant, dissonant, absonant, out of tune, tuneless, unmusical, untunable, unmelodious, immelodious, unharmonious, inharmonious, singsong, cacophonous, harsh, jarring.

VB be discordant, disagree, come amiss, clash, jar, jostle, pull different ways, conflict, have no measures with, misunderstand one another, live like cat and dog, differ, dissent, have a bone to pick, have a crow to pluck with, fall out, quarrel, dispute, litigate, controvert, squabble, wrangle, jangle, brangle, bicker, nag, spar, have words, with, fall foul of, split, break with, break squares with, part company with, declare war, try conclusions, join issue, put in issue, pick a quarrel, fasten a quarrel on, sow dissension, stir up dissension, embroil, entangle, disunite, widen the breach, set at odds, set together by the ears, set against, pit against, get into hot water, fish in troubled waters, brawl, kick up a row, kick up a dust, turn the house out of window, be discordant, jar.

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