donnybrook

[ don-ee-broo k ]
/ ˈdɒn iˌbrʊk /

noun (often initial capital letter)

an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all.

Nearby words

  1. donner pass,
  2. donnert,
  3. donnish,
  4. donnishly,
  5. donny,
  6. donnybrook fair,
  7. donnée,
  8. donor,
  9. donor card,
  10. donoso

Origin of donnybrook

First recorded in 1850–55; after Donnybrook (Fair).

Also called Donnybrook Fair.

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British Dictionary definitions for donnybrook

donnybrook

/ (ˈdɒnɪˌbrʊk) /

noun

a rowdy brawl

Word Origin for donnybrook

C19: after Donnybrook Fair, an annual event until 1855 near Dublin

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Word Origin and History for donnybrook

donnybrook

n.

1852, from Donnybrook Fair, proverbial for carousing and brawling, held in County Dublin until 1855.

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