- 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.
- A verbal dispute or heated argument.
- We got into a silly quarrel about what food to order.
- Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side. François de La Rochefoucauld
- A ground of dispute or objection; a complaint.
- A few customers in the shop had some quarrels with us, so we called for the manager.
- Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. - Bible, Mark vi. 19
- You mistake, sir. I am sure no man hath any quarrel to me. - Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 3, scene 4
(third-person singular simple present quarrels, present participle quarrelling (UK) or quarreling (US), simple past and past participle quarrelled (UK) or quarreled (US)) (intransitive)
Replaced Old English sacan by 1340 as “ground for complaint”.