Etymology
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bickering (n.)

c. 1300, "a skirmish," verbal noun from bicker (v.). The meaning "a verbal wrangle" is from 1570s.

bickering (adj.)

1808 in the sense of "contentious," present-participle adjective from bicker (v.). Earlier it was used to mean "flashing, quivering" (1660s).

updated on October 08, 2022

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