American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An angry dispute; an altercation.
- n. A cause of a dispute or an argument: We have no quarrel with the findings of the committee.
- v. To engage in a quarrel; dispute angrily. See Synonyms at argue.
- v. To disagree; differ: I quarrel with your conclusions.
- v. To find fault; complain.
- n. A bolt for a crossbow.
- n. A tool, such as a stonemason's chisel, that has a squared head.
- n. A small diamond-shaped or square pane of glass in a latticed window.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A complaint; a lament; lamentation.
- n. An accusation; in law, a complaint; an action, real or personal.
- n. Cause, occasion, or motive of complaint, objection, dispute, contention, or debate; the basis or ground of being at variance with another; hence, the cause or side of a certain party at variance with another.
- n. Cause in general; reason; plea; ground.
- n. Altercation; an altercation; an angry dispute; a wrangle; a brawl.
- n. A breach of friendship or concord; open variance between parties; a feud.
- n. A quarreler.
- n. Synonyms and Quarrel, Altercation, Affray, Fray, Mêlée, Brawl, Broil, Scuffle, Wrangle, Squabble, Feud. A quarrel is a matter of ill feeling and hard words in view of supposed wrong: it stops just short of blows; any use beyond this is now figurative. Altercation is the spoken part of a quarrel, the parties speaking alternately. An altercation is thus a quarrelsome dispute between two persons or two sides. Affray and fray express a quarrel that has come to blows in a public place: they are often used of the struggles of war, implying personal activity. Mêlée emphasizes the confusion in which those engaged in an affray or struggle are mingled. Brawl emphasizes the unbecoming character and noisiness of the quarrel; while broil adds the idea of entanglement, perhaps with several: two are enough for a brawl; at least three are needed for a broil: as, a brawl with a neighbor; a neighborhood broil. A scuffle is, in this connection, a confused or undignified struggle, at close quarters, between two, to throw each other down, or a similar struggle of many. A wrangle is a severe, unreasoning, and noisy, perhaps confused, altercation. A squabble is a petty wrangle, but is even less dignified or irrational. A feud is a deeply rooted animosity between two sets of kindred, two parties, or possibly two persons. See animosity.
- To find cause of complaint; find fault; cavil.
- To dispute angrily or violently; contend; squabble.
- To disagree; be incongruous or incompatible; fail to be in accordance, in form or essence
- Synonyms To jangle, bicker, spar.
- To find fault with; challenge; reprove, as a fault, error, and the like.
- To disagree or contend with.
- To affect, by quarreling, in a manner indicated by a word or words connected: as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
- n. A small square, or lozenge, or diamond; a tile or pane of a square or lozenge form. Speciflcally—A small tile or paving-stone of square or lozenge form.
- n. A bolt or arrow having a square or four-edged head, especially a crossbow-bolt of such form.
- n. An instrument with a head shaped like that of the crossbow-bolt. A glaziers' diamond.
- n. A quarry where stone is cut.
- n. A verbal dispute or heated argument.
- n. A ground of dispute; a complaint
- v. To disagree.
- v. To contend, argue strongly, squabble.
- v. To find fault.
- n. A diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window.
- n. A square tile; quarry tile
- n. A square-headed arrow for a crossbow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head.
- n. (Arch.) Any small square or quadrangular member.
- n. A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally.
- n. A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square.
- n. A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.
- n. A glazier's diamond.
- n. A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
- n. A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation.
- n. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.
- n. obsolete Earnest desire or longing.
- v. To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.
- v. To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.
- v. To find fault; to cavil.
- v. rare To quarrel with.
- v. To compel by a quarrel.
- n. One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.
- v. have a disagreement over something
- n. an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
- n. an angry dispute
- From Middle English as "square-headed bolt for a crossbow" c.1225, from Old French quarel (also quarrel or carreau; modern: querelle), from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, the diminutive of Latin quadrus ("a square"), related to quattuor "four". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English querele, from Old French, complaint, from Latin querella, querēla, from querī, to complain; see kwes- in Indo-European roots.Middle English quarel, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, diminutive of Late Latin quadrus, square, from Latin quadrum; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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