fighting

[ fahy-ting ]
/ ˈfaɪ tɪŋ /

adjective

fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape.
tending or meant to stir up a fight or hostility: fighting words.

Nearby words

  1. fight-or-flight reaction,
  2. fight-or-flight response,
  3. fighter,
  4. fighter-bomber,
  5. fighter-interceptor,
  6. fighting chair,
  7. fighting chance,
  8. fighting cock,
  9. fighting fish,
  10. fighting french

Origin of fighting

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at fight, -ing2

Related formsun·fight·ing, adjective

fight

[ fahyt ]
/ faɪt /

noun

verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.

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.

verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.

Origin of fight

before 900; (v.) Middle English fi(g)hten, Old English fe(o)htan (cognate with German fechten); (noun) Middle English fi(g)ht, Old English feohte, (ge)feoht, derivative of the v. base

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 2. Fight, combat, conflict, contest denote a struggle of some kind. Fight connotes a hand-to-hand struggle for supremacy, literally or in a figurative sense. Combat suggests an armed encounter, as in war. Conflict implies a bodily, mental, or moral struggle caused by opposing views, beliefs, etc. Contest applies to either a friendly or a hostile struggle for a definite prize or aim.

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British Dictionary definitions for fighting

fight

/ (faɪt) /

verb fights, fighting or fought

noun


Derived Formsfighting, noun, adjective

Word Origin for fight

Old English feohtan; related to Old Frisian fiuchta, Old Saxon, Old High German fehtan to fight

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Word Origin and History for fighting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fighting

fight

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

also see:

  • can't fight city hall
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