To Bi'cker. v.n. [bicre, Welsh, a contest.]
- To skirmish; to fight without a set battle; to fight off and on.
They fell to such a bickering, that he got a halting, and lost his picture. Sidney.
In thy face
I see thy fury; if I longer stay,
We shall begin our ancient bickerings. Shakesp. Henry VI.
- To quiver; to play backward and forward.
And from about him fierce effusion rowl'd
Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles dire. Milton's Paradise Lost, b. vi. l. 674.
An icy gale, oft shifting o'er the pool,
Breathes a blue film, and, in its mid career,
Arrests the bickering stream. Thomson's Winter, l. 730.