[ braw, brah ]
/ brɔ, brɑ /

adjective Scot. and North England.

fine or fine-looking; excellent.
finely dressed; dressed in a splendid or gaudy fashion.

Nearby words

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

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 ]
/ brɔl /


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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brawly

British Dictionary definitions for brawly


/ (brɔː, brɑː) mainly Scot /


fine or excellent, esp in appearance or dress

pl n

best clothes
Derived Formsbrawly, adverb

Word Origin for braw

C16: Scottish variant of brave


/ (brɔːl) /


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


/ (brɔːl) /


a dance: the English version of the branle
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Word Origin and History for brawly
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