braw

[braw, brah]
adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. fine or fine-looking; excellent.
  2. finely dressed; dressed in a splendid or gaudy fashion.

Origin of braw

First recorded in 1555–65; variant of brave
Related formsbraw·ly, braw·lie, braw·lis, braw·lys [braw-lis, brah-] /ˈbrɔ lɪs, ˈbrɑ-/, adverb

brawl

[brawl]
noun
  1. a noisy quarrel, squabble, or fight.
  2. a bubbling or roaring noise; a clamor.
  3. Slang. a large, noisy party.
verb (used without object)
  1. to quarrel angrily and noisily; wrangle.
  2. to make a bubbling or roaring noise, as water flowing over a rocky bed.

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

Synonyms for brawl

Synonym study

1. See disorder.
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British Dictionary definitions for brawly

braw

adjective
  1. fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress
pl n
  1. best clothes
Derived Formsbrawly, adverb

Word Origin for braw

C16: Scottish variant of brave

brawl

1
noun
  1. a loud disagreement or fight
  2. US slang an uproarious party
verb (intr)
  1. to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
  2. (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

brawl

2
noun
  1. a dance: the English version of the branle
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Word Origin and History for brawly

brawl

v.

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.

braw

Scottish formation and pronunciation of brave.

brawl

n.

mid-15c., from brawl (v.).

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