- 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 brawling
These groups are known for brawling, attacking public figures, and various hate crimes.Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side
September 19, 2014
He looks nothing like the brawling, expansive prince of before.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
For nose-pulling and brawling we have substituted ritual apologies.A History of American Fun
February 9, 2014
Kit took a job cleaning houses and fell for a big, brawling man named Newt McPherson.Newt Gingrich’s Bipolar Mother Kit Gingrich and His Difficult Childhood
December 22, 2011
Mitchell especially disdained women artists, talented or not, whom she deemed insufficiently macho, boozing, and brawling.Great Weekend Reads
May 29, 2011
It was Imogen with whom he wandered beside the brawling rill.Imogen
And there was more than a little thievery and brawling and rioting.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
I assured him that Maxwell was a quiet Oxford scholar, and incapable of brawling.Border Ghost Stories
So, Baron, you think a Parliament in Russia would be merely a place for brawling.Vera
Please not into the roaring, brawling taverns where life thrives in all its abundance.Droozle
- 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 brawling
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.).