Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a querulous tone.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The tone was querulous.”)
How to use it:
It's a snippy, judgmental word, so use "querulous" with care as you talk about querulous individuals or groups of querulous people, querulous personalities, a querulous mood, their querulous tone, a querulous voice, some querulous comments or questions, the kids' querulous groans, a querulous note or email, and so on. Similar to how you describe your stomach as "upset," a "querulous stomach" seems to be cranky and complaining.
Like with many other adjectives that describe people, someone might be acting querulous in one particular instance, or someone might have a querulous attitude or a querulous personality all the time.
Should I be looking forward to a time when my baby daughter's occasional querulous grunts will be replaced by articulately spoken complaints and demands... or not?
Hiking? No, thanks. I'd be a slow and querulous companion, annoyed by bugs and the heat and the way shoes start to become torture devices the longer they're worn.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "querulous" means when you can explain it without saying "cranky" or "complaining."
Think of someone you know who is impossible to please, and fill in the blanks: "No matter (how much/how well) _____, (Person) will still make a querulous comment about _____."
Example: "No matter how well her food is prepared, she will still make a querulous comment about its taste, temperature, or portion size and half the time sends it back to the kitchen."
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A Point Well Made:
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst.”
1. The opposite of QUERULOUS is
2. "_____" she asked, her querulous voice _____.
A. What are the specials today? .. hard to hear over the noise of the crowd
B. How was I supposed to know that? .. wearing down my patience
C. Who's ready to make some noise? .. getting the kids all excited
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