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querulous +‎ -ly



querulously (comparative more querulously, superlative most querulously)

  1. With grumbling, complaining, or whining.
    • 1857, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, book 1, chapter 35
      It was his last demonstration for that time; as, after shedding some more tears and querulously complaining that he couldn’t breathe, he slowly fell into a slumber.
    • 1877, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
      "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it."
    • 1907 - H. G. Wells, The War in the Air, chapter IV
      "I wish to 'eaven I 'adn't these silly sandals on," he cried querulously to the universe. "They give the whole blessed show away."
    • 1956 - Andre Norton, Plague Ship, chapter XVII
      "If we're heroes," Dane asked a little querulously, "what are we doing locked up here?"


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