quarrel

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French querele (modern French querelle), itself from Latin querella (complaint), from queror (I lament, I complain).

Replaced Old English sacan by 1340 as “ground for complaint”.

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quarrel (plural quarrels)

  1. A verbal dispute or heated argument.
    We got into a silly quarrel about what food to order.
  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.
  3. (obsolete) An earnest desire or longing.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)
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quarrel (third-person singular simple present quarrels, present participle (UK) quarrelling or (US) quarreling, simple past and past participle (UK) quarrelled or (US) quarreled) (intransitive)

  1. (intransitive) To disagree.
  2. (intransitive) To contend, argue fiercely, squabble.
    • 1672, Sir William Temple, An Essay Upon the Original and Nature of Government
      Besides, those [beasts], called sociable, quarrel in hunger and in lust
  3. (intransitive) To find fault; to cavil.
    to quarrel with one's lot
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To argue or squabble with.
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Etymology 2Edit

 
Crossbow quarrel of 16th-17th century

From Middle English as "square-headed bolt for a crossbow" c. 1225, borrowed from Old French quarel (modern French carreau), from Vulgar Latin *quadrellus, the diminutive of Latin quadrus (square). Related to quattuor (four).

NounEdit

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 its cross section.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of 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, [].
    • 1836, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe[1], Parker:
      Here be two arblasts, comrades, with windlaces and quarrels — to the barbican with you, and see you drive each bolt through a Saxon brain.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company[2], B. Tauchnitz:
      "What was that?" he asked, as a hissing, sharp-drawn voice seemed to whisper in his ear. The steersman smiled, and pointed with his foot to where a short heavy cross-bow quarrel stuck quivering in the boards. At the same instant the man stumbled forward upon his knees, and lay lifeless upon the deck, a blood-stained feather jutting out from his back. As Alleyne stooped to raise him, the air seemed to be alive with the sharp zip-zip of the bolts, and he could hear them pattering on the deck...
  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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