To quarrel is to fight — but usually not physically. Quarreling is a fact of life, occurring between the best of friends, in the happiest of marriages, and between parents and their children.

You’re probably familiar with the verb, quarrel, meaning having a disagreement. When there’s a quarrel, there’s anger. As a noun, quarrel, refers to the square-headed arrow shot from crossbow. This meaning of the word comes from the Old French quarel, relating to "square.” If you are quarreling, just don't reach for your crossbow and quarrel.

Primary Meanings of quarrel

an angry dispute
have a disagreement over something
an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
Full Definitions of quarrel

n an angry dispute

“they had a quarrel
dustup, row, run-in, words, wrangle
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affray, altercation, fracas
noisy quarrel
bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
a quarrel about petty points
a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
a silly altercation
Type of:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
a disagreement or argument about something important

v have a disagreement over something

“We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America”
altercate, argufy, dispute, scrap
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brawl, wrangle
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
engage in a brief and petty quarrel
polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
engage in a controversy
fall out
have a breach in relations
Type of:
argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something

n an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges

Type of:
a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow

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