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

  • intransitive v. To engage in a petty, bad-tempered quarrel; squabble. See Synonyms at argue.
  • intransitive v. To flicker; quiver: "and bicker like a flame” ( Robert Browning).
  • n. A petty quarrel; a squabble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A fight with stones between two parties of boys.
  • n. A wrangle; also, a noise, as in angry contention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub.
  • n. A skirmish; an encounter.
  • n. A fight with stones between two parties of boys.
  • n. A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.
  • intransitive v. To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight.
  • intransitive v. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.

from The 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.

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

  • v. argue over petty things
  • n. a quarrel about petty points


Middle English bikeren, to attack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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