brawl

[ brawl ]
/ brɔl /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bravery,
  2. bravissimo,
  3. bravo,
  4. bravura,
  5. braw,
  6. brawley,
  7. brawly,
  8. brawlys,
  9. brawn,
  10. brawny

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 formsbrawl·er, nounbrawl·y, adjectiveout·brawl, verb (used with object)un·brawl·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See disorder.

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British Dictionary definitions for brawl

brawl

1
/ (brɔːl) /

noun

a loud disagreement or fight
US slang an uproarious party

verb (intr)

to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
(esp of water) to flow noisily
Derived Formsbrawler, nounbrawling, noun, adjective

Word Origin for brawl

C14: probably related to Dutch brallen to boast, behave aggressively

noun

a dance: the English version of the branle
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