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QUARREL (quarrelled, quarrelling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quarrel mean? 

QUARREL (noun)
  The noun QUARREL has 2 senses:

1. an angry dispute
2. an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges

  Familiarity information: QUARREL used as a noun is rare.

QUARREL (verb)
  The verb QUARREL has 1 sense:

1. have a disagreement over something

  Familiarity information: QUARREL used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

QUARREL (noun)

Sense 1quarrel [BACK TO TOP]


An angry dispute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


wrangle; run-in; quarrel; dustup; row; words

Context examples:

they had a quarrel / they had words

Hypernyms ("quarrel" is a kind of...):

conflict; difference; difference of opinion; dispute (a disagreement or argument about something important)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "quarrel"):

affray; altercation; fracas (noisy quarrel)

bicker; bickering; fuss; pettifoggery; spat; squabble; tiff (a quarrel about petty points)

bust-up (a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship))

Sense 2quarrel [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("quarrel" is a kind of...):

arrow (a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow)

QUARREL (verb)

Sense 1quarrel [BACK TO TOP]


Have a disagreement over something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


altercate; argufy; quarrel; dispute; scrap

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "quarrel" is one way to...):

argue; contend; debate; fence (have an argument about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "quarrel"):

brawl; wrangle (to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively)

spat (engage in a brief and petty quarrel)

polemicise; polemicize; polemise; polemize (engage in a controversy)

fall out (have a breach in relations)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue quarrel
Sam wants to quarrel with Sue

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