A bickering couple.
Having a fight about who is taller is an example of a time when you bicker.
- to have a petty quarrel; squabble
- to move with quick, rippling noises: a bickering brook
- to flicker, twinkle, etc.
Origin of bickerMiddle English bikeren, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Frisian bikkern, hack, gnaw
- a petty quarrel
- a rippling or pattering sound
intransitive verbbick·ered, bick·er·ing, bick·ers
- To engage in a bad-tempered quarrel, often in a petty manner over something trivial; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
- a. To flicker or glitter: “bicker like a flame” (Robert Browning).b. To move or flow with a rippling or gurgling sound.
Origin of bickerMiddle English bikeren, to attack.
(third-person singular simple present bickers, present participle bickering, simple past and past participle bickered)
Middle English bikeren ‘to attack’, from Middle Dutch bicken ‘to stab, attack’ (modern bikken ‘to hack’), from Proto-Germanic *bikjaną (compare Old English becca ‘pickax’, German picken ‘to peck, pick at’, Old Norse bikkja ‘to plunge into water’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeg- ‘to smash, break’.