This child is being quarrelsome.
The definition of quarrelsome is someone who is prone to getting into arguments or fights.
A bully on the playground who always starts fights is an example of someone who would be described as quarrelsome.
- Given to quarreling; contentious. See Synonyms at argumentative.
- Marked by quarreling.
(comparative more quarrelsome, superlative most quarrelsome)
quarrel +"Ž -some
- He was quarrelsome and unruly.
- In 983, shortly before his death, she was appointed his viceroy in Italy; and was successful, in concert with the empress Theophano, widow of Otto II., and Archbishop Willigis of Mainz, in defending the right of her infant grandson, Otto III., to the German crown against the pretensions of Henry the Quarrelsome, duke of Bavaria.
- The dissensions of the turbulent princes of Gwynedd, Powys and Deheubarth, and of their no less quarrelsome chieftains, now rent the country, which was continually also a prey to Saxon incursions by land and to Scandinavian attacks by sea.
- The new king at Paris was a young boy, whose councils were swayed by a knot of quarrelsome and selfish uncles; the vigour of the attack on England began to slacken.
- Followed as duke, and earned the name of "Quarrelsome" by constant struggles with the kings of Hungary and Bohemia and with the emperor.