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Definitions for quarrel
ˈkwɔr əl, ˈkwɒr-quar·rel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarrel, wrangle, row, words, run-in, dustupnoun

    an angry dispute

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

  2. quarrelverb

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

  3. quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercateverb

    have a disagreement over something

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUARRELnoun

    Etymology: querelle, Fr.

    If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
    With that which he hath drank to-night already,
    He’ll be as full of quarrel and offence,
    As my young mistress’ dog. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The part, which in this present quarrel striveth against the current and stream of laws, was a long while nothing feared. Richard Hooker, Dedication.

    As if earth too narrow were for fate,
    On open seas their quarrels they debate;
    In hollow wood they floating armies bear,
    And forc’d imprison’d winds to bring ’em near. Dryden.

    I could not die any where so contented, as in the king’s company; his cause being just, and his quarrel honourable. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    If not in service of our God we fought,
    In meaner quarrel if this sword were shaken,
    Well might thou gather in the gentle thought,
    So fair a princess should not be forsaken. Edward Fairfax.

    He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him. Raphael Holinshed.

    Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses; so a man may have a quarrel to marry when he will. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him, but she could not. Mar. vi. 19.

    We are apt to pick quarrels with the world for every little foolery. Roger L'Estrange.

    I have no quarrel to the practice; it may be a diverting way. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    She ne’er had known pomp, though’t be temporal;
    Yet if that quarrel, fortune, do divorce
    It from the bearer, ’tis a suff’rance panging
    As soul and body’s sev’ring. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    It is reported by William Brito, that the arcubalista or arbalist was first shewed to the French by our king Richard I. who was shortly after slain by a quarrel thereof. William Camden.

    Twang’d the string, outflew the quarrel long. Edward Fairfax.

  2. To Quarrelverb

    Etymology: quereller, Fr.

    I love the sport well, but I shall as soon quarrel at it as any man. William Shakespeare.

    Your words have taken such pains, as if they labour’d
    To bring manslaughter into form, set quarrelling
    Upon the head of valour. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Wine drunken with excess, maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling. Ecclus. xxxi. 29.

    Beasts called sociable, quarrel in hunger and lust; and the bull and ram appear then as much in fury and war, as the lion and the bear. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    Our discontented counties do revolt;
    Our people quarrel with obedience. William Shakespeare, King John.

    When once the Persian king was put to flight,
    The weary Macedons refus’d to fight;
    Themselves their own mortality confess’d,
    And left the son of Jove to quarrel for the rest. Dryden.

    To admit the thing, and quarrel about the name, is to make ourselves ridiculous. John Bramhall, against Hobbs.

    They find out miscarriages wherever they are, and forge them often where they are not; they quarrel first with the officers, and then with the prince and state. William Temple.

    In a poem elegantly writ,
    I will not quarrel with a slight mistake. Wentworth Dillon.

    I quarrel not with the word, because used by Ovid. Dryd.


  1. quarrel

    A quarrel refers to an angry dispute or heated argument between two or more people or parties. It typically involves disagreement or conflict over a particular issue or matter, often leading to a breakdown in communication or relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarrelnoun

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

  2. Quarrelnoun

    any small square or quadrangular member

  3. Quarrelnoun

    a square of glass, esp. when set diagonally

  4. Quarrelnoun

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

  5. Quarrelnoun

    a square or lozenge-shaped paving tile

  6. Quarrelnoun

    a glazier's diamond

  7. Quarrelnoun

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

  8. Quarrelnoun

    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. Quarrelnoun

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

  10. Quarrelnoun

    earnest desire or longing

  11. Quarrelverb

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

  12. Quarrelverb

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

  13. Quarrelverb

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

  14. Quarrelverb

    to quarrel with

  15. Quarrelverb

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

  16. Quarrelnoun

    one who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome

  17. Etymology: [Written also quarreller.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quarrel

    kwor′el, n. a square of glass placed diagonally: a lozenge or diamond: a diamond pane of glass: a small square tile: a square-headed arrow for a cross-bow: a graver, glaziers' diamond, or other tool having a several-edged head or point.—ns. Quarr′elet, a small lozenge; Quarr′el-pane. [O. Fr.,—Low L. quadrellus—L. quadrus, square—quatuor, four.]

  2. Quarrel

    kwor′el, n. an angry dispute: a breach of friendship: (Shak.) a cause of complaint: a brawl: (Shak.) a quarreller.—v.i. to cavil, find fault: to dispute violently: to fight: to disagree.—v.t. (Scot.) to find fault with: to affect by quarrelling:—pr.p. quarr′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. quarr′elled.ns. Quarr′eller; Quarr′elling, strife: dissension: brawling.—adjs. Quarr′ellous (Shak.), quarrelsome; Quarr′elsome, disposed to quarrel: brawling: easily provoked.—adv. Quarr′elsomely.—n. Quarr′elsomeness.—Quarrel with one's bread and butter, to act in a way prejudicial to one's means of subsistence.—Pick a quarrel with, to try to get into a dispute with; Take up a quarrel (Shak.), to settle a dispute. [O. Fr. querele—L. querelaqueri, questus, to complain.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. quarrel

    An arrow with a square head, for a cross-bow, was so called.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of quarrel in a Sentence

  1. Robert Frost:

    A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

  2. May Sarton:

    It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

  3. Latin Proverb:

    Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

  5. Pari Ibrahim:

    We Yazidis need to have a security system so that we know this won’t happen again, i hope all the forces can work together and don’t quarrel, but minorities need to feel that they have some power in defending their own homes and the minorities are fully part of the defense forces.

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  • شجار, نزاعArabic
  • сва́рыцца, сва́ркаBelarusian
  • кавга́Bulgarian
  • বিবাদBengali
  • baralla, discutir, barallar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • hádka, sporCzech
  • skænderi, skændes, uenighedDanish
  • Streit, BolzenGerman
  • τσακώνομαι, τσακωμός, λογομαχία, καβγάςGreek
  • discusión, pelea, riñaSpanish
  • غوغاPersian
  • kina, kiista, riita, vasama, riidelläFinnish
  • querelle, carreau, disputeFrench
  • connsaich, trod, connsachadh, troidScottish Gaelic
  • झगड़ाHindi
  • veszekszik, perpatvar, mozaiklap, veszekedés, burkolólap, veszekedik, vitaHungarian
  • բայբանեարArmenian
  • battibecco, quadrello, bisticcio, litigare, litigio, disputa, lite, diatriba, diverbio, bisticciare, scaramuccia, discussione, discutereItalian
  • 言い争い, タイル, 口喧嘩, 口論, 言い争うJapanese
  • დავაGeorgian
  • 다툼, 싸우다, 싸움, 다투다Korean
  • ка́вгаMacedonian
  • ရန်ဖြစ်Burmese
  • ruzie, twisten, dispuut, ruzieën, onenigheid, ruzie maken, bekvechten, twist, redetwisten, betwisting, geschilpuntDutch
  • krangel, krangleNorwegian
  • kłótnia, sprzeczka, bełtPolish
  • discutir, querela, querelar, discussão, setaPortuguese
  • certa, ceartăRomanian
  • ссо́ра, болт, руга́ться, ссо́риться, брани́ться, спо́рить, перебра́нка, спорRussian
  • кавга, svađa, свађа, kavgaSerbo-Croatian
  • hádka, hádať, sporSlovak
  • prepirSlovene
  • gräl, skäkta, krångla, dispyt, oenighetSwedish
  • ғавғоTajik
  • kavgaTurkish
  • сва́ритися, сва́рка, болтUkrainian
  • جھگڑاUrdu
  • cãi vã, cãi cọVietnamese
  • Chinese

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