- Quarrel means a fight or dispute.
An example of quarrel is a disagreement between two children as to who a toy belongs to.
- Quarrel is defined as to find fault or argue with someone.
An example of quarrel is for a teenager to debate with his mother over his curfew.
Two little girls quarrel over a doll.
- a bolt or arrow with a quadrangular head, shot from a crossbow
- a small, diamond-shaped or square pane of glass, as in a latticed window
Origin of quarrelMiddle English quarel ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin querellus ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form quadrellum, diminutive of Classical Latin quadrus, a square
- a cause for dispute
- a dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
- a falling out; breaking up of friendly relations
Origin of quarrelMiddle English quarel ; from Old French querele ; from Classical Latin querela, complaint ; from queri, to complain, lament ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, to pant, snort from source wheeze
- An angry dispute; an altercation.
- A reason for a dispute or argument: We have no quarrel with the findings of the committee.
intransitive verbquar·reled, quar·rel·ing, quar·rels or quar·relled or quar·rel·ling
- To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily. See Synonyms at argue.
- To find fault or disagree: I quarrel with your conclusions.
Origin of quarrelMiddle English querele, from Old French, complaint, from Latin querella, querēla, from querī, to complain; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.
- A bolt for a crossbow.
- A tool, such as a stonemason's chisel, that has a squared head.
- A small diamond-shaped or square pane of glass in a latticed window.
Origin of quarrelMiddle English quarel, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus, square, from Latin quadrum; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
Replaced Old English sacan by 1340 as “ground for complaint".
From Middle English as "square-headed bolt for a crossbow" c.1225, from Old French quarel (modern French carreau), from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, the diminutive of Latin quadrus (“a square"), related to quattuor "four".