• (RP) IPA: /ˈkwɒɹəl/
  • (America) enPR 'kwôrəl, IPA: /ˈkwɔɹəl/, /ˈkwɑɹəl/

quarrel (plural quarrels)

  1. A verbal dispute or heated argument.
    We got into a silly quarrel about what food to order.
    • , [unknown translator], François de La Rochefoucauld, "Maxim 496"
      Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
    • 2016, John O'Sullivan, Former Thatcher speechwriter discusses Brexit ↗, [Video], C-SPAN at The Heritage Foundation, June 2016. At 4'27".
      All quarrels halt at the grave.
  2. A ground of dispute or objection; a complaint.
    A few customers in the shop had some quarrels with us, so we called for the manager.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 6:19 ↗:
      Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 3, scene 4]:
      You mistake, sir. I am sure no man hath any quarrel to me. -
  3. (obsolete) earnest desire or longing.
  4. An arrow for a crossbow, a bolt.
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quarrel (quarrels, present participle quarrelling; past and past participle quarrelled) (intransitive)

  1. (intransitive) To disagree.
  2. (intransitive) To contend, argue fiercely, squabble.
    • Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust.
  3. (intransitive) To find fault; to cavil.
    to quarrel with one's lot
    • I will not quarrel with a slight mistake.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To argue or squabble with.
    • 1598, Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour
      I had quarrelled my brother purposely.
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quarrel (plural quarrels)

  1. A diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window.
  2. A square tile; quarry tile.
  3. A bolt or arrow for a crossbow, traditionally with the head square in cross-section.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Torquato Tasso, Book VII, ciii:
      Twanged the string, out flew the quarrel long,
      And through the subtle air did singing pass.
    • 1829, Edward Augustus Kendall, The Olio or Museum of Entertainment ↗, Vol.III, p.174
      The small cross-bow, called the arbalet or arbalest, is said to have been invented by the Sicilians. It was carried by the foot-soldiers, and when used was charged with a quarrel or bar-bolt, that is, a small arrow with a flat head, one of which occasioned the death of Harold at the battle of Hastings, […].
  4. A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps etc. make the form nearly square.
  5. A four-sided cutting tool or chisel with a diamond-shaped end.

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