I adjective bewailing, canting, captious, carping, censorious, clamorous, complaining, contentious, cross, difficult, difficult to please, discontented, disputatious, dissatisfied, exceptious, faultfinding, fractious, fretful, grouchy, grumbling, hard to please, hypercritical, hypersensitive, irritable, lamentative, lamenting, maledicent, mournful, nagging, overcritical, peevish, pettish, petulant, plaintful, plaintive, pugnacious, puling, quarrelsome, queribundus, querimonious, querulus, shrewish, splenetic, tearful, testy, touchy, vixenish, wailful, waspish, whimpering, whining, whiny II index fractious, froward, litigious, particular (exacting), petulant, reluctant, resentful,

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  • Querulous — Quer u*lous, a. [L. querulus and querulosus, fr. queri to complain. Cf. {Cry}, v., {Quarrel} a brawl, {Quarrelous}.] 1. Given to quarreling; quarrelsome. [Obs.] land. [1913 Webster] 2. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining; disposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • querulous — (adj.) c.1500, from O.Fr. querelos, from L.L. querulosus, from L. querulus full of complaints, complaining, from queri to complain. Retains the original vowel of QUARREL (Cf. quarrel) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • querulous — fretful, petulant, pettish, huffy, *irritable, peevish, fractious, snappish, waspish Analogous words: crying, weeping, wailing, whimpering, blubbering (see CRY vb): touchy, cranky, cross (see IRASCIBLE): lamenting, deploring, bemoaning (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • querulous — [adj] grouchy, hard to please bearish, bemoaning, cantankerous, captious, carping, censorious, complaining, critical, cross, crying, deploring, discontented, dissatisfied, edgy, fault finding, fretful, grousing, grumbling, grumbly, huffy*… …   New thesaurus

  • querulous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ complaining in a petulant or whining manner. DERIVATIVES querulously adverb querulousness noun. ORIGIN Latin querulus, from queri complain …   English terms dictionary

  • querulous — [kwer′yo͞o ləs, kwer′yooləs, kwer′yələs; kwer′ooləs, kwer′ələs] adj. [L querulus < queri, to complain: see QUARREL2] 1. inclined to find fault; complaining 2. full of complaint; peevish querulously adv. querulousness n …   English World dictionary

  • querulous — querulously, adv. querulousness, n. /kwer euh leuhs, kwer yeuh /, adj. 1. full of complaints; complaining. 2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done. [1490 1500; < L… …   Universalium

  • querulous — quer|u|lous [ˈkweruləs] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: querulosus, from queri; QUARREL1] someone who is querulous complains about things in an annoying way ▪ But why can t I go? he said in a querulous voice . >querulously adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • querulous — [[t]kwe̱rʊləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Someone who is querulous often complains about things. [FORMAL] A querulous male voice said, Look, are you going to order, or what? …   English dictionary

  • querulous — adjective Etymology: Middle English querelose, from Latin querulus, from queri to complain Date: 15th century 1. habitually complaining 2. fretful, whining < a querulous voice > • querulously adverb • querulousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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