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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒr(ə)l/


1An angry argument or disagreement: he made the mistake of picking a quarrel with John
More example sentences
  • Pam's recipe for a long and happy marriage is a lot of give and take, and always making up any arguments or quarrels before going to bed.
  • Meanwhile courtiers had told Cosimo that his mathematician was engaging in disputes that might bring discredit on him, so he advised Galileo to write out his arguments and avoid public quarrels.
  • Tensions were also high between soldiers from Italian 1st Regiment and those from France, with arguments and quarrels among the soldiers leading to duels.
argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out;
dispute, disputation, contention, squabble, contretemps, clash, altercation, exchange, brawl, tussle, disturbance, conflict, affray, brouhaha, commotion, uproar, tumult, war of words, shouting match, fracas, feud;
wrangle, tangle, misunderstanding;
Irish , North American , & Australian  donnybrook
informal tiff, set-to, shindig, shindy, stand-up, run-in, spat, scrap, dust-up, ruction
British informal barney, bunfight, ding-dong, bust-up, ruck, slanging match
British informal, Football  afters
Scottish informal rammy
North American informal hassle
Australian informal yike
archaic broil, miff
French archaic tracasserie(s)
1.1 [usually with negative] A reason for disagreement with a person, group, or principle: we have no quarrel with the people of the country, only with the dictator
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  • Most of this Indian section, which like the rest of the book rides on a great deal of research, is smoothly convincing; we sanction it without quarrel as the prelude to the real event, the shipwreck.
  • If ‘just’ means ‘generating more revenues for government’, then no quarrel there.
  • I have no quarrel was those who call themselves ‘Traditionalist’ Catholic per se.

verb (quarrels, quarrelling, quarrelled; US quarrels, quarreling, quarreled)

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1Have an angry argument or disagreement: stop quarrelling with your sister
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  • Mr Babbage and Mr Clement had a big disagreement and quarrelled over money.
  • After the enemies were vanquished, however, the victors quarreled and their fundamental disagreements emerged.
  • She and Winston quarreled frequently about money during the lean years after Lord Randolph's death.
argue, have a row/fight, row, fight, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, fall out;
dispute, bicker, squabble, brawl, chop logic;
wrangle, spar, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads
informal scrap, argufy, spat
archaic altercate
1.1 (quarrel with) Take exception to or disagree with (something): some people quarrel with this approach
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  • The Ciceronian Review also quarrels with the rotunda analogy, and asserts ‘the evidence suggests that the Democrats did not know the files were open.’
  • Staff have suggested 17 different alternatives, on which the public will be asked to give opinions, providing no one quarrels with the magic number of four, which is what council has decided we will have.
  • He may have been a tyrant but the world still quarrels with the manner and mode in which he was ousted from power by the powerful nations who on paper believe in democracy and the rule of law.
find fault with, fault, criticize, argue with/against, object to, be hostile to, censure, condemn, be against, be anti, oppose, be in opposition to, take exception to, attack, take issue with, find lacking, pick holes in, impugn, contradict, dispute, rebut, complain about, cavil at, carp at
informal knock
formal gainsay
rare controvert
1.2West Indian Complain or scold someone: he will quarrel like hell if he see black pods on the trees
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  • I'm sure everyone around me has heard me constantly quarrelling about wasting paper, about using the other side of paper of prints gone bad for scrap.
  • Now, men are always noted for quarrelling about not getting enough of the goodly stuff.
  • All truth be told, despite the fact that we may quarrel about the hardships about living here in Jamaica, I know that I could be far worse off.


Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒr(ə)lə/
Example sentences
  • But where Storm's failings and frustrations on the ice caused dressing room discontent when TC was in charge, Lipsey's crop of players are no quarrellers and now, five months into the season, that unity finally seems to be paying off.
  • The two quarrelers were given citations for disturbing the peace and fighting in public, according to Officer Maculae.
  • As the quarrelers began to settle, that lone voice began to break through.


Middle English (in the sense 'reason for disagreement with a person'): from Old French querele, from Latin querel(l)a 'complaint', from queri 'complain'.

Words that rhyme with quarrel

amoral, Balmoral, coral, immoral, laurel, moral, sorel, sorrel
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quarrel 2 Line breaks: quar|rel
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒr(ə)l/


A short, heavy square-headed arrow or bolt used in a crossbow or arbalest.
Example sentences
  • A few Elven archers fell, pierced by the poisoned crossbow quarrels (arrows).
  • A box of quarrels for the crossbow that hung from his saddle adorned his belt, and the usual broadsword rode in its scabbard on his left side.
  • I ducked as a crossbow quarrel clattered against stone near my head.


Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin quadrus 'square'. Compare with quarry3.

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