querulous; fault-finding; complaining, prone to making complaints ...1786 obs. rare
from querul- or its etymon Latin querulus (complaining, querulous) + -ent + -ial
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1786 - see EXAMPLE below
"...and as the feelings of his wife were those of the fondest susceptibility, operating upon a weak and delicate constitution, he succeeded to admiration in tormenting her by neglect, at the same time that he never gave her a harsh expression, and in particular, when any body else was present, behaved himself towards her in so obliging a manner, that all his acquaintance set him down as the best tempered fellow living, and her as a lady, by his report, rather captious and querulential; When he had thus got the world on his side, he detached himself more and more from her society, and became less studious to disguise the insults he put upon her...."
From: The Observer: Being a Collection of Moral, Literary and Familiar Essays
No XCII - Anecdotes of Jack Gayless
- Richard Cumberland