Origin of bickerMiddle English bikeren, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Frisian bikkern, hack, gnaw
A bickering couple.
Having a fight about who is taller is an example of a time when you bicker.
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’.
- The parents bicker, but love each other (and it shows).
- This is especially true if there are children involved because they should not be exposed to parents who bicker back and forth about who was at fault for what.