quar·rel /ˈkwɔr(ə)l, ˈkwɑr(ə)l/
1. 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.
I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant. --Lev. xxvi. 25.
On open seas their quarrels they debate. --Dryden.
2. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.
Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. --Mark vi. 19.
No man hath any quarrel to me. --Shak.
He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him. --Holinshed.
3. Earnest desire or longing. [Obs.]
To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.
Syn: -- Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.
1. An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head. [Obs.]
To shoot with arrows and quarrel. --Sir J. Mandeville.
Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels. --Sir W. Scott.
2. Arch. Any small square or quadrangular member; as: (a) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally. (b) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square. (c) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.
3. A glazier's diamond.
4. A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
Quar·rel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quarreled or Quarrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarreling or Quarrelling.]
1. To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.
Our people quarrel with obedience. --Shak.
But some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed. --Shak.
2. To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.
Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust. --Sir W. Temple.
3. To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.
I will not quarrel with a slight mistake. --Roscommon.
Quar·rel v. t.
1. To quarrel with. [R.] “I had quarelled my brother purposely.”
2. To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
Quar·rel n. One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.
n 1: an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
[syn: wrangle, row, words, run-in, dustup]
2: an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four
v : have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the
question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo
fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: dispute,
scrap, argufy, altercate]
[also: quarrelling, quarrelled]