Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to quarreling; contentious. See Synonyms at argumentative, belligerent.
  • adj. Marked by quarreling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Argumentative; belligerent; contentious; given to quarreling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Apt or disposed to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible; choleric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; inclined to petty fighting; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible”; choleric; petulant; also, proceeding from or characteristic of such a disposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to quarreling

Etymologies

quarrel +‎ -some (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The fact that men are naturally quarrelsome is presumed to be an argument against such institutions as the League.

    Sir Norman Angell - Nobel Lecture

  • Those, however, who defend the common good and withstand the seditious party are not themselves seditious, even as neither is a man to be called quarrelsome because he defends himself, as stated above.7

    The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Those, however, who defend the common good, and withstand the seditious party, are not themselves seditious, even as neither is a man to be called quarrelsome because he defends himself, as stated above (Q. 41, A. 1).

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • So he steered him with able hand through the angry sea until, just as they reached the table of the Seven, a dangerous stoppage occurred, as a group of peasants came up who wanted to call the quarrelsome fellow to account and attack him from both sides.

    Paras. 200–322

  • Those who knew him well were aware that his temper was impetuous and precipitate, and on given occasions might be termed quarrelsome without calumny.

    It Might Have Been The Story of the Gunpowder Plot

  • But, the court noted, the wife had also engaged in bad behavior (she was described as quarrelsome).

    NYT > Home Page

  • Page 17: Pub and club patrons deemed "quarrelsome" will be banned from licensed premises for up to a year and have their personal details, including photographs, published online under proposed changes to the law.

    WA Business News - Latest News

  • Time magazine, echoed that sentiment when he called organized religion "quarrelsome" and "divisive."

    NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • She said they got on "well enough" as house companions but that he'd become "quarrelsome" with drink, especially whiskey.

    Top Stories: BreakingNews.ie

  • ” Perhaps because I come from the kind of quarrelsome family that is today called ‘dysfunctional,’ I have a natural aptitude for mind games – for sowing confusion, discord and misjudgment – and mind games are ninety percent of this business.

    Book Excerpt: ‘Love and Money’

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