AskDefine | Define bickering

Dictionary Definition

bickering n : a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss]

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  1. Petty quarreling. Usually considered a childish behavour, although often applied to adults.
    • 1820, in Memoirs of John Duke of Marlborough, By William Coxe, Ch.40 heading.
    • Meeting of Parliament. — Choice of a whig Speaker. — Speech from the throne. — Parliamentary proceedings, and party bickerings.


  1. present participle of bicker


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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