Adjective "Querulous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner.
  1. 'His urbanely crinkly face oozes disapproval; his querulous voice is like a fingernail at a scab.'
  2. 'But there are querulous voices, conflicting histories, and disputed landscapes.'
  3. 'He turned into a Dublin ‘character‘: a querulous, quarrelsome countryman with a sharp tongue and an axe to grind.’'
  4. 'He is thereby reduced to the status of a child, though a spoiled child with the physical capabilities of a man: petulant, demanding, querulous, self-centered, and violent if he doesn't get his own way.'
  5. 'Here, the forest is full of spectacular revelations about the power of renewal in nature which is set against a querulous, nagging, domestic voice that intrudes upon the peace.'
  6. 'As a professional, for example, Dr. Sermond presides with creeping, midlife ennui over a querulous clientele to whom he gives little more than amused compassion-much of it arising from his own seeming lack of problems.'
  7. 'However, she knew all about cajoling the authorities, a body of querulous, middle-aged doctors who felt that a woman's place was in the home and not working with stinking, wounded soldiers.'
  8. 'His mates are all out of the remake of Spinal Tap; his singing voice may be querulous, but his songs are close to brilliant.'
  9. 'But Nietzsche spurns all our querulous wheedlings, and wonders how in our ‘constant fluttering around the single flame of vanity… an honest and pure urge for truth could have arisen among men’.'
  10. 'Interspersed among these episodes, on the other side of the stage, we see a querulous old man confronting an impatient, offensive nurse.'


1. full of complaints; complaining.

2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous tone; constant querulous reminders of things to be done.

More examples(as adjective)

"voices can be querulous."

"presences can be querulous."

"people can be querulous."

"arguments can be querulous."

"tones can be querulous."

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Late 15th century: from late Latin querulosus, from Latin querulus, from queri ‘complain’.