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- Often complaining; suggesting a complaint in expression; fretful, whining.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 101:
- "But how am I to obtain such treaty?" asked Monsieur, in a querulous tone.
- 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate:
- The nights were now cold, gemmed with a multitude of bright stars, uncanny with the querulous wail of coyotes and the occasional deep voices of wolves.