to engage in petulant or peevish argument; wrangle:
The two were always bickering.
to run rapidly; move quickly; rush; hurry:
a stream bickering down the valley.
to flicker; glitter:
The sun bickered through the trees.
an angry, petty dispute or quarrel; contention.
Contemporary Examples

Mom Scolds Pundit Sons on C-SPAN Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video December 15, 2014
Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine Alice Feiring December 7, 2013
The Greatest Literary Feuds The Daily Beast September 5, 2012
Communism’s Victims Deserve a Museum James Kirchick August 24, 2014
Revenge of the RINOs Meghan McCain April 17, 2009

Historical Examples

Ainslee’s magazine, Volume 16, No. 2, September, 1905 Various
The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812 Ralph D. Paine
White Fang Jack London
Richard III Jacob Abbott

verb (intransitive)
to argue over petty matters; squabble

(esp of a stream) to run quickly
to flicker; glitter

a petty squabble


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