- 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 brawler
The first few rounds of the matchup were competitive, with Alvardo boxing the brawler from Siberia.Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush
October 25, 2013
Its professor and defender is sometimes at bottom a brawler and a clown.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
He charges me as a brawler, a disturber of the peace and order of the city.Aurelian
Am I, who was once a gentleman, a rascal as well as a brawler?Captain Ravenshaw
Robert Neilson Stephens
He may be a brawler, or a proud man, or a sleek, or an artful.Recollections of a Policeman
William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
And though in no manner a brawler, a life of enterprise suited me mightily.In Search of Mademoiselle
- 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 brawler
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.).