American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To engage in a petty, bad-tempered quarrel; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
- v. To flicker; quiver: "and bicker like a flame” ( Robert Browning).
- n. A petty quarrel; a squabble.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exchange blows; skirmish; fight off and on: said particularly of the skirmishing of archers and slingers.
- To quarrel; contend in words; engage in petulant altercation; wrangle.
- Hence —3. To make a brawling sound; make any repeated noisy action; clatter.
- To run rapidly; move quickly; quiver; be tremulous, like flame or water.
- To make a short rapid run.
- To strike repeatedly.
- n. A fight, especially a confused fight.
- n. A quarrel; an angry dispute; an altercation.
- n. A confused or rapid succession of sounds; a rattling or clattering noise.
- n. A short rapid run or race; a staggering run, as from loss of equilibrium.
- n. A bowl or dish for containing liquor, properly one made of wood; a drinking-cup; also, specifically, in many parts of Scotland, a wooden dish made of staves and hoops, like a tub, for holding food.
- v. To quarrel in a tiresome, insulting manner.
- v. To move tremulously, quiver, shimmer (of a water stream, of a flame)
- n. A skirmish; an encounter.
- n. Scotland, obsolete A fight with stones between two parties of boys.
- n. A wrangle; also, a noise, as in angry contention.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub.
- v. obsolete To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight.
- v. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
- v. To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.
- n. obsolete A skirmish; an encounter.
- n. Scot. A fight with stones between two parties of boys.
- n. A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.
- v. argue over petty things
- n. a quarrel about petty points
- Middle English bikeren ‘to attack’, from Middle Dutch bicken ‘to stab, attack’ (modern bikken ‘to hack’), from Proto-Germanic *bikjanan (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’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bikeren, to attack. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After a season spent clamoring at the door for admission like the rest of the rabble, Kennedy, a svelte, self-assured African-American sophomore with straight, shoulder-length hair and a fondness for cable-knit sweaters, had recently emerged from Ivy's Darwinian "bicker" process — a prim rendition of rush — as one of the chosen few: a member of the club.”
“But to all of a sudden for them to "bicker", Wright does his thing on other networks, while Obama is able to distance himself from him during conferences.”
“What Obama -- and TPM readers here trying to convince us to "keep our eye on the ball" and stay united rather than "bicker" internall -- needs to understand is: the Presidential election is a done deal.”
“They had a process like "bicker" and they chose people that they thought fit in with the group.”
“Walter Scott was all but a dunce when a boy, always much readier for a "bicker," than apt at his lessons.”
“With such efforts, however, considerable as they were for a boy who passionately loved a "bicker" in the streets and who was famed among his comrades for bravery in climbing the perilous "kittle nine stanes" on Castle Rock, he was not content.”
“Among the passions of this literary "bicker," which Scott allowed to amuse him, was Davie Deans conceived.”
“And still the candidates pontificate and debate, and their supporters bicker about nonsense in the comments bit under videos on YouTube.”
“So I think you guys SHOULD bicker about nonsensical horseshit.”
“Do you bicker endlessly over who packs the dishwasher better?”
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