- fine or fine-looking; excellent.
- finely dressed; dressed in a splendid or gaudy fashion.
Origin of braw
- 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 brawly
Theres no a single mans trade that yere no brawly fitted for.The Half-Hearted
Gourlay began to curse at the size of Gibson's bill, but Cunning Johnny kenned the way to get round him brawly.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
Just got the turn, as I was thinking to send to your honour, and I am brawly now again—it was nae great thing that ailed me.The Abbot
Sir Walter Scott
“Brawly,” was the reply; and without further civilities, 89 the pair proceeded to get the cattle under way.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Ye needna pretend ye are sleepin', John, for brawly do I ken that ye hear every word.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
- fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress
- best clothes
- 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 brawly
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.
Scottish formation and pronunciation of brave.
mid-15c., from brawl (v.).