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.

Definitions of quarrel
  1. noun
    an angry dispute
    “they had a quarrel
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    have a disagreement over something
    “We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America”
    synonyms: 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
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    argue, contend, debate, fence
    have an argument about something
  3. noun
    an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
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    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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