verb (used without object)
- 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.
- any wooden dish or bowl, especially a wooden porridge bowl.
- Obsolete. a wooden drinking cup.
- to argue over petty matters; squabble
- (esp of a stream) to run quickly
- to flicker; glitter
- a petty squabble
early 14c., bikere, “to skirmish, fight,” perhaps from Middle Dutch bicken “to slash, stab, attack,” + -er, Middle English frequentative suffix. Meaning “to quarrel” is from mid-15c. Related: Bickered; bickering.
c.1300, skirmish, battle; from the same source as bicker (v.). In modern use, often to describe the sound of a flight of an arrow or other repeated, loud, rapid sounds, in which sense it is perhaps at least partly echoic.