I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, square block of stone, bolt, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellum, diminutive of Latin quadrum square — more at quadrate Date: 13th century a square-headed bolt or arrow especially for a crossbow II. noun Etymology: Middle English querele, from Anglo-French, from Latin querela grievance, complaint, from queri to complain Date: 14th century 1. a ground of dispute or complaint <
have no quarrel with a different approach
2. a usually verbal conflict between antagonists ; altercation Synonyms: quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger. quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention <
a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship
. wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions <
wrangle interminably about small issues
. altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows <
a loud public altercation
. squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger <
a brief squabble over what to do next
. III. intransitive verb (-reled or -relled; -reling or -relling) Date: 14th century 1. to find fault <
many people quarrel with the idea — Johns Hopkins Magazine
2. to contend or dispute actively <
quarreled frequently with his superiors — London Calling
quarreler or quarreller noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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