Origin of fighting
- 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
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Related Words for fightingwarfare, riot, exchange, hostility, scuffle, strife, melee, struggle, combat, dispute, war, conflict, bloodshed, hostile, belligerent, boxing, militant, martial, determined, battling
Examples from the Web for fighting
Contemporary Examples of fighting
First, one fights with another, then they make an alliance, then they go back to fighting each other.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Just a week before the start of a new Congress, the new House majority whip is fighting for his political life.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
I am fighting that quota because I am an advocate of competition.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of fighting
It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He has joined the Foreign Legion, and even now may be fighting.
And yet, though I shrink from the idea of fighting, I might in some way help those who are.
"Ask Allister what fighting had to do with the running of things," said Andrew calmly.Way of the Lawless
Tranter, cunning and wary from years of fighting, knew that his chance had come.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
Word Origin and History for fighting
present participle adjective from fight (v.). Fighting chance is from 1877; fighting mad is attested by 1750.
Old English feohte, gefeoht "a fight;" see fight (v.). Cf. Old Frisian fiucht, Old Saxon fehta, Dutch gevecht, Old High German gifeht, German Gefecht.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with fighting
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