verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
Origin of fight
Synonyms for fight
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
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
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