Querulous Quer"u*lous, a. [L. querulus and querulosus, fr. queri to complain. Cf. {Cry}, v., {Quarrel} a brawl, {Quarrelous}.] 1. Given to quarreling; quarrelsome. [Obs.] --land. [1913 Webster]

2. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining; disposed to murmur; as, a querulous man or people. [1913 Webster]

Enmity can hardly be more annoying that querulous, jealous, exacting fondness. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining; as, a querulous tone of voice. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Complaining; bewailing; lamenting; whining; mourning; murmuring; discontented; dissatisfied. [1913 Webster] -- {Quer"u*lous*ly}, adv. -- {Quer"u*lous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • querulously — adverb /ˈkwɛr.ʊ.ləs.li,ˈkwɛr.jʊ.ləs.li,ˈkwɛr.jə.ləs.li/ With grumbling, complaining, or whining. It was his last demonstration for that time; as, after shedding some more tears and querulously complaining that he couldn’t breathe, he slowly fell… …   Wiktionary

  • querulously — querulous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ complaining in a petulant or whining manner. DERIVATIVES querulously adverb querulousness noun. ORIGIN Latin querulus, from queri complain …   English terms dictionary

  • querulously — adverb see querulous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • querulously — See querulous. * * * …   Universalium

  • querulously — adv. complainingly, discontentedly, peevishly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • querulously — quer·u·lous·ly …   English syllables

  • querulously — adverb in a peevish manner (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑peevishly, ↑fractiously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious (for: ↑fractiously), ↑querulous, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • querulous — querulously, adv. querulousness, n. /kwer euh leuhs, kwer yeuh /, adj. 1. full of complaints; complaining. 2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done. [1490 1500; < L… …   Universalium

  • fractiously — adverb 1. in a peevish manner • Syn: ↑peevishly, ↑querulously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious, ↑querulous (for: ↑querulously), ↑peevish ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • peevishly — adverb in a peevish manner • Syn: ↑querulously, ↑fractiously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious (for: ↑fractiously), ↑querulous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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