American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to complaining; peevish.
- adj. Expressing a complaint or grievance; grumbling: a querulous voice; querulous comments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Complaining; habitually complaining; disposed to murmur or express dissatisfaction: as, a querulous man.
- Expressing complaint; proceeding from a complaining habit: as, a querulous tone of voice.
- Synonyms and See plaintive and petulant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Given to quarreling; quarrelsome.
- adj. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining; disposed to murmur.
- adj. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining.
- adj. habitually complaining
- Late 15th century: From late Latin querulosus, from Latin querulus, from queri (to complain). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English querulose, litigious, quarrelsome, from Old French querelos, from Late Latin querulōsus, querulous, from Latin querulus, from querī, to complain; see kwes- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is legitimately hard to decide which of these four points is the most ridiculous. (1) and (2) might charitably be called querulous, demanding a full vector representation of all the heat/energy flows of a schematic representation.”
“Anne!" called a querulous voice down the passage.”
“Don't stand looking any longer, for mercy's sake!" called the querulous voice from the house.”
“Suddenly the groom, a kind of querulous shiver in his voice, spoke.”
“Her words came so fast that I cannot attempt their semblance here, and her voice rose and fell in a kind of querulous chant to which sometimes she nodded her head, as if she was beating the time.”
“Servillo's performance at the centre of Paolo Sorrentino's grotesque portrait of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, as a kind of querulous, jug-eared gnome with homicidal instincts, was hugely entertaining and alarming.”
“Furthermore, not to be picky, but for a book that complains about poor vocabulary skills among digital readers and writers, I couldn't help but notice that on page sixteen he seems to misuse the word "querulous" in place of what sounds like he intended to be a synonym for "inquisitive.”
“At sight of their other prisoner he chattered in a high querulous falsetto, with puckered brows and troubled, wild-animal eyes.”
“When I started to crawl along the packed gear with which the wagon was laden my mother said in a tired and querulous voice, "Can't you ever be still a minute, Jesse?”
“His eyes had the querulous, troubled look such as she had noticed in monkeys; but while he was patently uncomfortable under her scrutiny, his thick lips were drawn firmly in an effort at sullen determination.”
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