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. verb

    argue over petty things

    brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
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    type of:

    argue, contend, debate, fence

    have an argument about something

  2. noun

    a quarrel about petty points

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