Origin of brawl
synonym study for brawl
OTHER WORDS FROM brawlbrawl·er, nounbrawl·y, adjectiveout·brawl, verb (used with object)un·brawl·ing, adjective
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What does brawl mean?
A brawl is a fight, especially a big one involving a lot of people.
Brawl can also be used as a verb meaning to fight or to participate in a brawl. A person who does this or who’s known for fighting in general can be called a brawler.
Much less commonly, brawl can also be used as a slang term for a wild party.
Other rare senses of brawl include its use as a noun referring to a loud, bubbling noise, like water flowing in a stream, or as a verb meaning to make such a noise.
Example: Police are investigating the post-concert brawl that left three people in the hospital.
Where does brawl come from?
The first records of the word brawl come from the 1300s. It comes from the Middle English brawlen, meaning “to raise a clamor,” “to quarrel,” or “to boast.” This word may be related to the Dutch brallen, meaning “to boast” or “to behave aggressively.”
Any fight can be called a brawl, but the word typically refers to a big, noisy, chaotic fight involving a whole group of people. A barroom brawl is a fight that breaks out among people in a bar. A bench-clearing brawl is a fight at a sports game, especially baseball, in which all of the players and coaches leave the bench to participate. Bench-clearing brawls play out in much the same way as most brawls: the fight starts with two people, and then more and more people join in, with fists swinging and people falling over. This might sound funny to watch, but brawls can result in serious injuries.
An organized fight like a boxing match might be called a brawl, especially to make it sound more intense or exciting.
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How is brawl used in real life?
Brawl is nearly always used to refer to big, messy fights involving lots of people. The term is especially associated with big fights at sports games.
Only went to the pub for a bit of grub and ended up watching a full blown brawl, police, ambulance, the lot. Welcome to Carlisle 🤷♀️
— Amber Gibney (@amber_gibney) October 5, 2018
FIGHT IN PHILLY! Foles gets LIT UP on an Int return, a huge brawl breaks out.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 21, 2014
🗓 This day in sports: 5/19/98
Yankees and Orioles get into a heated bench-clearing brawl 😡
— Borgata Sports (@BorgataSports) May 19, 2020
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How to use brawl in a sentence
The first, held in the Treasury Department building, was massively overcrowded, which led to brawls and thefts at the coat check.Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal|Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
Ultimately, the day resulted in a bloody brawl that took the lives of both police and protesters, in a security breach unlike any America has seen in decades.Twitter and YouTube Banned Steve Bannon. Apple Still Gives Him Millions of Listeners.|by Lydia DePillis|January 19, 2021|ProPublica
It’s not the brawl you get outside a bar or the random violence you might get when someone feels frightened.Humans Have Gotten Nicer and Better at Making War - Issue 94: Evolving|Steve Paulson|January 6, 2021|Nautilus
Here, you can reconstruct crime scenes, such as a bar brawl.‘Twin Mirror’ is a pale reflection of Dontnod’s previous, story-rich games|Elise Favis|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
Shouting matches became street brawls, leading to at least 34 dead in the protests.
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How could it be that this word, and not “what” or “why,” has caused a bare-knuckle brawl at such a stratospheric social level?
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If anyone could have stopped the Everest brawl of April 27, 2013, it was Arnot.
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A Yankee, whose face had been mauled in a pot-house brawl, assured General Jackson that he had received his scars in battle.
When about twenty years of age, in a drunken brawl he shot and killed one of his best friends.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
You see, he had called at the bank on the morning of the night of the brawl, and drew what little money he had.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
Gordon was killed the night before sailing—(Mr. Carr had well described it as a drunken brawl)—killed accidentally.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Brewing in the senior day-room was a mere vulgar brawl, lacking all the refining influences of the study.The Gold Bat|P. G. Wodehouse