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He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
  habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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  • He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
  • The child is spoiled and a bit querulous.
  • All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.
    H. L. Mencken
  • He thought they would be delighted with his plan, but the querulous committee voiced only complaints.

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  • Nobody wanted to work with him due to his reputation for querulousness.
  • But that period going by, she became querulous about the cold, and shivered and whimpered.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • Pa observed querulously, "That Rosasharn is gettin’ awful scary..."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "I want my tea," said the old lady querulously, "isn’t it half past four yet?"
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Must he wear out all his years at the side of a bitter querulous woman?
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • I can see what you’re thinking—I see a lot I never saw before"—his voice fell to a querulous whisper—"you’re thinking I’m psycho."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I shift in my seat, feeling querulous and old.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Her voice was low, weak, querulous.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • he cried in a high-pitched, querulous voice,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Mr. Jaggers was querulous and angry with me for having "let it slip through my fingers," and said we must memorialize by and by, and try at all events for some of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Amanda slips back into her querulous attitude toward him.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Of a sudden another broke out in a querulous way like a man who has mislaid his hat. "Well, why don’t they support us?"
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Christmas carols were in the air; they issued from the radio of the four women and mixed strangely with Miami’s sunshine and the cries of the querulous, never thoroughly silent seagulls.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • His face was querulous.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Aching, mortified, he showed his bleeding wound and querulously addressed him: "Father Zeus, how do you take this insubordination?"
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The voice was querulous, aggressive, and rough, as if its owner had spent the last fifty years smoking cigarettes.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • cold and querulous
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • "I don’t know how we could manage without him," answered the elder woman, querulously.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I don’t feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I’m getting dreadfully fretful and querulous.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • They just heard him moving inside the dark house, then they heard the granddaughter’s voice, fretful and querulous: "Who is it?"
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His wife became more and more querulous and ill-tempered
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The flame that not even beauty can nourish was springing up, and though his words were querulous his heart began to glow secretly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • "I know no such thing," he said querulously.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Because he was so intimately fond of her and so sure of her, because anger and eager hot injustices are but ways of expressing trust, Martin was irritated by her and querulous with her as he would not have endured being with any other woman, any charming Orchid.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Princess Mary well knew this mood of quiet absorbed querulousness, which generally culminated in a burst of rage, and she went about all that morning as though facing a cocked and loaded gun and awaited the inevitable explosion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ...we can use a human belly and palate to produce querulousness, impatience, uncharitableness, and self-concern?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • As to deploring her misfortunes, she appeared to have entirely lost the recollection of ever having had any.  ... Querulousness was out of the question.  I did not even observe her voice to falter, or...
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I could not control the querulous tone in my voice.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • A hoarse rasping whisper—querulous, poisoned with needless ill will—his retort was freighted with all the churlish indignation of petty power.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ’Gee whiz,’ he defended himself querulously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The jeweller began eating his supper, and the woman, who was ordinarily so querulous and indifferent to all who approached her, was suddenly transformed into the most smiling and attentive hostess.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Gerald was mumbling querulously and pulling away like a child.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But this was too much for Mr. Hempseed’s querulous philosophy.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Sometimes he becomes querulous, at other times philosophical; or he wishes to explain things, justify himself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Even as he spoke, Wart noticed that the hound music was weaker and more querulous.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • A querulous newborn female infant crying to cause and lessen congestion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The metronome clicked on dreamily; the clock ticked querulously.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He had found the old lady depressed and querulous.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "Now some Beethoven" called Cecil, when the querulous beauty of the music had died.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "Father—" The old man looked up at me and said querulously, "What— what did you say?"
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • In the middle of the hall the prefect of the college sodality was speaking earnestly, in a soft querulous voice, with a boarder.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Mrs. Bennet was restored to her usual querulous serenity; and, by the middle of June, Kitty was so much recovered as to be able to enter Meryton without tears; an event of such happy promise as to make Elizabeth hope that by the following Christmas she might be so tolerably reasonable as not to mention an officer above once a day, unless, by some cruel and malicious arrangement at the War Office, another regiment should be quartered in Meryton.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He looked up in Tom’s face with a querulous desire for some assurance.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "Have the men been saying their hands are sore, Minnie?" she asked, in the faint, querulous voice that would not give in.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
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