- a noisy quarrel, squabble, or fight.
- a bubbling or roaring noise; a clamor.
- Slang. a large, noisy party.
- to quarrel angrily and noisily; wrangle.
- to make a bubbling or roaring noise, as water flowing over a rocky bed.
Origin of brawl
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Examples from the Web for brawl
Good news: so is this grainy TMZ footage of a Bieber/Bloom Ibiza brawl.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
December 24, 2014
If anyone could have stopped the Everest brawl of April 27, 2013, it was Arnot.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Just think of all the fun the political media will have with another Republican-on-Republican brawl, groans Fleischer.Lean In, Liz Cheney, but Please Don’t Win That Senate Seat
July 18, 2013
In 2000, Lewis was involved in a brawl that resulted in the stabbing deaths of two men.Football, Crime, and Allegations Against Aaron Hernandez
June 21, 2013
When Happy his taunted, his game suffers, and Barker is none too pleased, leading to a brawl for the ages.21 Best Celebrity Self-Parodies in Honor of ‘This is the End’
June 11, 2013
What means this brawl in the open streets at this late hour?Calderon The Courtier
He repaired to Berlin, and was killed there in a brawl at a gambling den.Fruitfulness
Does it become you to brawl with my garrison the moment you are admitted?Love-at-Arms
Only remembering that if he plunder or brawl, I may have to leave him hanging on the next bush.'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
A drinking den where violent men gather to brawl and gamble.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
- a loud disagreement or fight
- US slang an uproarious party
- to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
- (esp of water) to flow noisily
- a dance: the English version of the branle
Word Origin and History for brawl
late 14c., braulen "to cry out, scold, quarrel," probably related to Dutch brallen "to boast," or from French brailler "to shout noisily," frequentative of braire "to bray" (see bray (v.)). Meaning "quarrel, wrangle, squabble" is from early 15c. Related: Brawled; brawling.
mid-15c., from brawl (v.).