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[brawl] /brɔl/
a noisy quarrel, squabble, or fight.
a bubbling or roaring noise; a clamor.
Slang. a large, noisy party.
verb (used without object)
to quarrel angrily and noisily; wrangle.
to make a bubbling or roaring noise, as water flowing over a rocky bed.
Origin of brawl
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English brawlen, brallen to raise a clamor, quarrel, boast; of uncertain origin; (noun) Middle English braule, brall, derivative of the noun
Related forms
brawler, noun
brawly, adjective
outbrawl, verb (used with object)
unbrawling, adjective
1. wrangle, row, tumult, affray, altercation, rumpus. 4. squabble, fight, bicker, row.
Synonym Study
1. See disorder. Unabridged
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  • Was there not plenty of the unquenchable fire in the mouth of the drunkard, and in the eyes of the brawler?

    The Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne
  • He charges me as a brawler, a disturber of the peace and order of the city.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • Rover uttered a threatening howl, and pawed at the door as though desirous of inserting his teeth into the body of the brawler.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • He may be a brawler, or a proud man, or a sleek, or an artful.

    Recollections of a Policeman William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
  • Am I, who was once a gentleman, a rascal as well as a brawler?

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Such as the bishop should be, such must you be—no brawler—no striker.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • And though in no manner a brawler, a life of enterprise suited me mightily.

  • The brawler was expelled from the cathedral,—but he had his revenge.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • The brawler, whom we know as Cervantes, was expelled from the Cathedral with his companions, and order was restored.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
British Dictionary definitions for brawler


a loud disagreement or fight
(US, slang) an uproarious party
verb (intransitive)
to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
(esp of water) to flow noisily
Derived Forms
brawler, noun
brawling, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably related to Dutch brallen to boast, behave aggressively


a dance: the English version of the branle
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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.).



mid-15c., from brawl (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for brawler



A noisy, riotous party

[1920s+; fr brawl, ''a noisy fight,'' of obscure origin; perhaps related to Dutch brallen, ''brag,'' and Low German brallen, ''shout, roar''; perhaps fr French branle, ''an energetic circle dance'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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