Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Bick"er, n. [See Beaker.] A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub. [Prov. Eng.]
Bick"er (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bickered (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bickering.] [OE. bikeren, perh. fr. Celtic; cf. W. bicra to fight, bicker, bicre conflict, skirmish; perh. akin to E. beak.]
1. To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight.def> [Obs.]
Two eagles had a conflict, and bickered together.
2. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
Petty things about which men cark and bicker.
3. To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.
They [streamlets] bickered through the sunny shade.
1. A skirmish; an encounter. [Obs.]
2. A fight with stones between two parties of boys. [Scot.]
3. A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.
Displaying 1 result(s) from the 1828 edition:
BICK''ER, v.i.1. To skirmish; to fight off and on; that is, to make repeated attacks. [But in this sense I believe rarely used.]2. To quarrel; to contend in words; to scold; to contend in petulant altercation. [This is the usual signification.]3. To move quickly; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame or water; as the bickering flame; the bickering stream.