• Woman's quarrel. Neapolitan group
    Woman's quarrel. Neapolitan group
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quarrel have a disagreement over something "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America","These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
    • n quarrel an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
    • n quarrel an angry dispute "they had a quarrel","they had words"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Maple and Ash forgot their quarrel Maple and Ash forgot their quarrel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quarrel 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.""On open seas their quarrels they debate."
    • Quarrel A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
    • Quarrel A glazier's diamond.
    • Quarrel (Arch) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square.
    • Quarrel (Arch) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally.
    • Quarrel (Arch) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.
    • Quarrel An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head. "To shoot with arrows and quarrel .""Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels ."
    • Quarrel Any small square or quadrangular member
    • Quarrel Earnest desire or longing.
    • Quarrel 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.""No man hath any quarrel to me.""He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him."
    • n Quarrel One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.
    • Quarrel To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
    • Quarrel To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight. "Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust."
    • Quarrel To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot. "I will not quarrel with a slight mistake."
    • Quarrel To quarrel with. "I had quarelled my brother purposely."
    • Quarrel To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic. "Our people quarrel with obedience.""But some defect in her
      Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quarrel A complaint; a lament; lamentation.
    • n quarrel An accusation; in law, a complaint; an action, real or personal.
    • n quarrel Cause, occasion, or motive of complaint, objection, dispute, contention, or debate; the basis or ground of being at variance with another; hence, the cause or side of a certain party at variance with another.
    • n quarrel Cause in general; reason; plea; ground.
    • n quarrel Altercation; an altercation; an angry dispute; a wrangle; a brawl.
    • n quarrel A breach of friendship or concord; open variance between parties; a feud.
    • n quarrel A quarreler.
    • n quarrel Synonyms and Quarrel, Altercation, Affray, Fray, Mêlée, Brawl, Broil, Scuffle, Wrangle, Squabble, Feud. A quarrel is a matter of ill feeling and hard words in view of supposed wrong: it stops just short of blows; any use beyond this is now figurative. Altercation is the spoken part of a quarrel, the parties speaking alternately. An altercation is thus a quarrelsome dispute between two persons or two sides. Affray and fray express a quarrel that has come to blows in a public place: they are often used of the struggles of war, implying personal activity. Mêlée emphasizes the confusion in which those engaged in an affray or struggle are mingled. Brawl emphasizes the unbecoming character and noisiness of the quarrel; while broil adds the idea of entanglement, perhaps with several: two are enough for a brawl; at least three are needed for a broil: as, a brawl with a neighbor; a neighborhood broil. A scuffle is, in this connection, a confused or undignified struggle, at close quarters, between two, to throw each other down, or a similar struggle of many. A wrangle is a severe, unreasoning, and noisy, perhaps confused, altercation. A squabble is a petty wrangle, but is even less dignified or irrational. A feud is a deeply rooted animosity between two sets of kindred, two parties, or possibly two persons. See animosity.
    • quarrel To find cause of complaint; find fault; cavil.
    • quarrel To dispute angrily or violently; contend; squabble.
    • quarrel To disagree; be incongruous or incompatible; fail to be in accordance, in form or essence
    • quarrel Synonyms To jangle, bicker, spar.
    • quarrel To find fault with; challenge; reprove, as a fault, error, and the like.
    • quarrel To disagree or contend with.
    • quarrel To affect, by quarreling, in a manner indicated by a word or words connected: as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
    • n quarrel A small square, or lozenge, or diamond; a tile or pane of a square or lozenge form. Speciflcally—A small tile or paving-stone of square or lozenge form.
    • n quarrel A bolt or arrow having a square or four-edged head, especially a crossbow-bolt of such form.
    • n quarrel An instrument with a head shaped like that of the crossbow-bolt. A glaziers' diamond.
    • n quarrel A quarry where stone is cut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quarrel kwor′el 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
    • n Quarrel kwor′el an angry dispute: a breach of friendship: :
    • v.i Quarrel to cavil, find fault: to dispute violently: to fight: to disagree
    • v.t Quarrel (Scot.) to find fault with: to affect by quarrelling:—pr.p. quarr′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. quarr′elled
    • n Quarrel kwor′el (Shak.) a cause of complaint: a brawl
    • n Quarrel kwor′el (Shak.) a quarreller
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  • Auson
    “Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “In a false quarrel there is no true valor.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “A good swordsman is not given to quarrel.”


Quarrel with bread and butter - Bread and butter, here, indicate the means of one’s living. (That is why we say ‘he is the bread winner of the family’). If a sub-ordinate in an organisation is quarrelsome or if he is not patient enough to bear the reprimand he deserves, gets angry and retorts or provokes the higher-up, the top man dismisses him from the job. So, he loses the job that gave him bread and butter. Hence we say, he quarrelled with bread and butter (manager or the top man) and lost his job.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL. quadrellus, from L. quadrus, square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quadrel Quarry an arrow, Carrel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. querele—L. querelaqueri, questus, to complain.


In literature:

When Paul was about twenty years of age a quarrel sprang up between him and young Ned Wilson.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Ralph at this time had been just old enough to be brought into the quarrel.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The quarrelling had been going on unabated, but that had caused little surprise.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It is early days, and we have begun to quarrel.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
When she returned from fishing, the skunks were still there, and the quarrel had recommenced.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Just at the moment when he thought the quarrel ended it had burst out again in a deadlier form.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He had no heart for the quarrel, and did not care greatly to exert himself.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
In that matter of his quarrel with his landlord he was very bitter.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The Queen used to ask me about the English noble who was always quarrelling with the cabmen about their fares.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He was always ready to quarrel, but he did not like to fight unless he had a sure thing.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Was it your fault, or mine.
The sudden quarrel.
That ends beneath the vine.
Red in red sorrel?
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
"Ha! say you so, bully?" young Cupid replied;
And Valour soon felt a sad stitch in his side;
In his left side it was, and his heart felt so sore,
That he laid down his arms, and could quarrel no more.
"Songs" by Peter John Allan
They quarrell thee, and would give over
The bargain made to serve thee: but thy love
Holds them unto it, and doth cover
Their follies with the wing of thy milde Dove,
Not suff'ring those
Who would, to be thy foes.
"Miserie" by George Herbert
And lo, those exiles in the snowy tabernacle,
in the absence of the Shaman, had begun to quarrel among themselves,
and had divided into three groups ;
but each of these groups thought of the deliverance of the fatherland.
"Anhelli - Chapter 10" by Juliusz Slowacki
And when she dies I wish that she would be laid by me,
And, lyin' together in silence, perhaps we will agree;
And, if ever we meet in heaven, I wouldn't think it queer
If we loved each other the better because we quarreled here.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
"Thou art my king; my son is thine. It is not mine to say
That I will bear him hence.--Yet gropes my soul unto a light;
The quarrel is 'twixt Heaven and thee alone--so I will stay
With him I love within the tower throughout this fateful night."
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Robert Frost Recites "Lover's Quarrel with the World".
In First Debate, Candidates Quarrel On Iraq, Express Optimism for Bailout.
Quarrel Erupts Between Bear's Elder Statesmen.
Quarrel Dogs Open Database Effort.
A quarrel over McMahon's job plan sources.
5, 1882: A 'family quarrel ' in Blaine.
Quarreling About Quotas The Left's attack on Roberts's civil-rights record.
There's nothing I like better than a quarrel over books, especially a book as important as Umberto Eco's novel The Prague Cemetery.
Silent Treatment In this first novel, set in an abbey, monks manage to quarrel without saying anything.
At Morristown High School, a MySpace quarrel became a real world fight.
For Sontag , a lover's quarrel with the image.
Lover's quarrel for Halle Berry.
Some quarrels are best left to run their course and this, it seems, is one of them.
Our quarrel was a way of learnin' so much.
In Belgium , an Old Quarrel Gets a New Slant.

In science:

Monochromatic luminosity has no arbitrariness. I have no quarrel with Claudius Ptolemaios for his assigning magnitudes between 1 and 7 to the stars that are visible to the naked eye, but I somehow think that he will forgive us if we switch to a more convenient notation.
When teaching: Out with magnitudes, in with monochromatic luminosities!
But they find similarly large offsets for the pair of systems 26-27, and we find no quarrel with this pair.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
But I need not quote it any further, because I don’t have any quarrel with Galileo.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
We have no quarrel with his analysis of this latter process, but question the validity of drawing general conclusions from that very simple special case.
Can one learn anything from proton-proton bremsstrahlung? Comment on H. W. Fearing preprint nucl-th/9710061
They mainly focus on the easily-misunderstood concept, heat, in theromdynamics, which has been widely discussed and quarreled about in literature.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics