Definitions for quarrelˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quar•relˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-(n.; v.)-reled, -rel•ing; -relled, -rel•ling.

  1. (n.)an angry dispute or altercation, often marked by a temporary or permanent break in friendly relations.

  2. a cause of dispute, complaint, or hostile feeling:

    She has no quarrel with her present salary.

  3. (v.i.)to disagree angrily; squabble; wrangle.

  4. to end a friendship as a result of a disagreement; fall out.

  5. to make a complaint; find fault.

Origin of quarrel:

1300–50; ME querele < OF < L querēla, querella a complaint, der. of querī to complain


quar•relˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-(n.)

  1. a square-headed bolt or arrow, formerly used with a crossbow.

  2. Category: Building Trades, Architecture

    Ref: Also called quarry. 3 2

  3. any of various tools with pyramidal heads.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of quarrel:

1175–1225; ME quarel < OF < ML quadrellus, dim. of L quadrus square

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarrel, wrangle, row, words, run-in, dustup(noun)

    an angry dispute

    "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"

  2. quarrel(verb)

    an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges

  3. quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercate(verb)

    have a disagreement over something

    "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. quarrel(verb)ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-

    to argue

    kids quarreling about what to watch on TV

  2. quarrel(noun)ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-

    an argument

    a quarrel with a friend

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarrel(noun)

    an arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head

  2. Quarrel(noun)

    any small square or quadrangular member

  3. Quarrel(noun)

    a square of glass, esp. when set diagonally

  4. Quarrel(noun)

    a small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square

  5. Quarrel(noun)

    a square or lozenge-shaped paving tile

  6. Quarrel(noun)

    a glazier's diamond

  7. Quarrel(noun)

    a four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end

  8. Quarrel(noun)

    a breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses

  9. Quarrel(noun)

    ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation

  10. Quarrel(noun)

    earnest desire or longing

  11. Quarrel(verb)

    to violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic

  12. Quarrel(verb)

    to dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight

  13. Quarrel(verb)

    to find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot

  14. Quarrel(verb)

    to quarrel with

  15. Quarrel(verb)

    to compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights

  16. Quarrel(noun)

    one who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome


  1. Quarrel

    A quarrel or bolt is the term for the ammunition used in a crossbow. The name "quarrel" is derived from the French carré, "square", referring to the fact that they typically have square heads. Although their length varies, they are typically shorter than traditional arrows. Bolts and arrows have different flight characteristics. Bolts fall at the same rate, independent of the speed of flight. Arrows, in contrast, depend on gaining lift in flight, and hence have their centre of balance at a point about 9% of their length forward of their center. This is called "point planing".

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an angry disagreement or argument

I've had a quarrel with my girl-friend.

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