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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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