verb (used without object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
verb (used with object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
Origin of battle1
Synonyms for battle
Related Words for battlersoldier, fighter, hero, champion, enemy, assailant, adversary, antagonist, serviceman, participant, candidate, contender, challenger, entrant, aspirant, warrior, mercenary, militant, boxer, combatant
Examples from the Web for battler
Historical Examples of battler
He heard the Battler's seconds shout to their man to "tear into" him.
He felt the Battler's strength in that clinch and he realized it was more than his.
He shot up his right and it pounded into the Battler's ribs.
The Battler feinted, swaying his body from side to side, and came at him.
His body reeled as the Battler pounded him, his head, his face, his back.
Word Origin for battle
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.
c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
see half the battle; losing battle; pitched battle.