bicker

When you bicker, you argue in a petty way, like two kids squabbling in the backseat on a long car trip, or politicians taking cheap shots at each other but avoiding discussion of important issues.

It's impossible to bicker in a dignified way, as the word always suggests pettiness and an unpleasant experience for anyone within earshot. If, for instance, you've listened for years to your ill-tempered aunt from Boise bicker with your uncle from Dubuque over how the Thanksgiving turkey should be carved, you might want to book a trip to Tierra del Fuego and avoid the holiday altogether.

Definitions of bicker
1

v argue over petty things

Synonyms:
brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
Type of:
argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something

n a quarrel about petty points

Synonyms:
bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
Type of:
dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle
an angry dispute

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