Share this entry

Share this page

bicker

Syllabification: bick·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbikər
 
/

Definition of bicker in English:

verb

[no object]
1Argue about petty and trivial matters: whenever the phone rings, they bicker over who must answer it (as noun bickering) the constant bickering between Edgar and his mother
More example sentences
  • They fight and bicker over nothing, over petty cultural differences.
  • Additionally, the two sides routinely bicker over the disputed islands, a supposedly oil-rich area.
  • ‘People expect us to do what we can to work together, at least most of the time,’ he added, indicating a bid to stop bickering between rival political factions on the authority.
Synonyms
2 literary (Of water) flow or fall with a gentle repetitive noise; patter: against the glass the rain did beat and bicker
More example sentences
  • The sound of rain bickering outside his window was driving him crazy.
  • The sound of water bickering down the winding way of a stream gave life and coolness to the warm silence.
  • A path led in the foot of it, the water bickered and sang in the midst.
2.1(Of a flame or light) flash, gleam, or flicker: the restless wheels whose flashing spokes bicker and burn
More example sentences
  • How the flame bickers, and quivers, and flickers, darting its eager tongues about!
  • In one or two instances there has appeared, when the light was totally excluded, a faint lambent flame bickering over them.
  • And a wood-fire bickered on the iron-work fire-back, under whose oak over-mantel Sir Philip sat with us ten minutes, then took himself away into his own sequestered nook of the house.

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Definition of bicker in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs