Definition of quarrelsome in US English:



  • Given to or characterized by quarreling.

    ‘a moody, quarrelsome man’
    • ‘The writers and intellectuals in the Congress for Cultural Freedom were, like writers everywhere, temperamental and quarrelsome.’
    • ‘Disillusioned by both Stalinism and the conformity of cold war America, he and his wife, Mickey, questioned whether an effective left could be built at all from its quarrelsome subculture of factions.’
    • ‘René Descartes has always been one of the more appealing philosophers, not least because he was so human, quarrelsome and frequently bone idle.’
    • ‘One of the disqualifications for leadership in a church, and it should similarly be a disqualification from an office of public trust, is someone who is quarrelsome or overbearing.’
    • ‘Though Cook was a seasoned campaigner known for beating the odds, he could not overcome a severe loss in public confidence at the end of a quarrelsome and often hostile primary campaign.’
    • ‘The negative side came about largely through his personality which is described in as: -… occasionally choleric, quarrelsome, and given to invectives.’
    • ‘He turned into a Dublin ‘character’: a querulous, quarrelsome countryman with a sharp tongue and an axe to grind.’
    • ‘So if you see history as politics viewed from afar, you begin to understand that history is a controversial, argumentative and quarrelsome subject - much the same as politics.’
    • ‘On the few occasions I've listened to the show, I wondered how anyone can stomach such quarrelsome bile that early in the morning.’
    • ‘Luther adds the final piece to the happy ending, giving the cruise tickets away to his formerly quarrelsome neighbors (the wife has cancer and the husband has been demoted).’
    • ‘That said, a Japanese beer company seems to have come up with an excellent way to handle noisy, quarrelsome children: give them a drink.’
    • ‘By now his hostile rhetoric has carried him beyond the self-discipline of consistency, and he becomes merely quarrelsome and captious.’
    • ‘The intelligence offices decided that the Scouts were quarrelsome and difficult to manage and so substituted girls for boys.’
    • ‘The Crusades did manage to reduce the number of quarrelsome and contentious knights in Europe.’
    • ‘Campbell has taken an uncharacteristic vow of silence, leaving it to the others in this quarrelsome quartet to talk of his achievements and share anecdotes of his colourful career.’
    • ‘Whenever he took cocaine, he became violent and quarrelsome.’
    • ‘According to the British District Gazetteer for 1904, ‘with some exceptions these priests are ignorant and quarrelsome, and are by no means popular in the neighbourhood.’’
    • ‘Then, too, Michelangelo had a quarrelsome disposition, and he was harsh in his criticism of others.’
    • ‘His nameless sorrows ensure that he stands aloof, his distance from the other characters endowing him with a wisdom absent in the quarrelsome officers and journalists.’
    • ‘All these failings point to a public transit system thought of by officials as only more social welfare for the quarrelsome masses.’
    argumentative, disputatious, disputative, contentious, confrontational, captious, factious, cavilling, pugnacious, combative, ready for a fight, defiant, hostile, antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, militant, warring, fighting, battling
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