- a battle or combat.
- any contest or struggle: a fight for recovery from an illness.
- an angry argument or disagreement: Whenever we discuss politics, we end up in a fight.
- Boxing. a bout or contest.
- a game or diversion in which the participants hit or pelt each other with something harmless: a pillow fight; a water fight.
- ability, will, or inclination to fight: There was no fight left in him.
- to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.
- to contend in any manner; strive vigorously for or against something: He fought bravely against despair.
- to contend with in battle or combat; war against: England fought Germany.
- to contend with or against in any manner: to fight despair; to fight the passage of a bill.
- to carry on (a battle, duel, etc.).
- to maintain (a cause, quarrel, etc.) by fighting or contending.
- to make (one's way) by fighting or striving.
- to cause or set (a boxer, animal, etc.) to fight.
- to manage or maneuver (troops, ships, guns, planes, etc.) in battle.
Origin of fight
Synonyms for fightSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for fightriot, scuffle, melee, battle, combat, contest, confrontation, altercation, bout, war, match, dispute, clash, exchange, brawl, disagreement, argument, action, struggle, rivalry
Examples from the Web for fight
Contemporary Examples of fight
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
She says she will have to fight in “other ways” to get her client freed.Amal Clooney vs. Egypt’s Courts
January 4, 2015
While Kurdish forces have advanced on some fronts in Iraq, the fight here in Syria seems far from over yet.
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.
If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of fight
Now he was about to go out into the great world, and fight his own way.Brave and Bold
It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Are you—do you mean you're going to fight the other man, too?Way of the Lawless
These were not the men to endure privations and fight their country's battles.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
George was anxious to do the right, but did not know how to fight against the wrong.Life in London
- to oppose or struggle against (an enemy) in battle
- to oppose or struggle against (a person, thing, cause, etc) in any manner
- (tr) to engage in or carry on (a battle, contest, etc)
- (when intr often foll by for) to uphold or maintain (a cause, ideal, etc) by fighting or strugglingto fight for freedom
- (tr) to make or achieve (a way) by fighting
- (intr) boxing
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
- to engage (another or others) in combat
- fight it out to contend or struggle until a decisive result is obtained
- fight shy of to keep aloof from
- a battle, struggle, or physical combat
- a quarrel, dispute, or contest
- resistance (esp in the phrase to put up a fight)
- the desire to take part in physical combat (esp in the phrase to show fight)
- a boxing match
Word Origin for fight
Old English feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, past participle fohten), from Proto-Germanic *fekhtanan (cf. Old High German fehtan, German fechten, Middle Dutch and Dutch vechten, Old Frisian fiuhta "to fight"), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly" (cf. Greek pekein "to comb, shear," pekos "fleece, wool;" Persian pashm "wool, down," Latin pectere "to comb," Sanskrit paksman- "eyebrows, hair").
Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a Middle English scribal habit, especially before -t-. In some late Old English examples, the middle consonant was represented by a yogh. To fight back "resist" is recorded from 1890.
Old English feohte, gefeoht "a fight;" see fight (v.). Cf. Old Frisian fiucht, Old Saxon fehta, Dutch gevecht, Old High German gifeht, German Gefecht.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fight
- fight fire with fire
- fighting chance
- fighting words
- fight it out
- fight off
- fight shy of
- fight tooth and nail
- can't fight city hall