verb (used without object), fought, fight·ing.
verb (used with object), fought, fight·ing.
Origin of fight
Synonyms for fight
Related Words for foughtprotect, clash, challenge, resist, attack, battle, meet, force, combat, support, maintain, continue, oppose, argue, withstand, traverse, wrestle, bicker, tiff, scuffle
Examples from the Web for fought
Contemporary Examples of fought
Also, requesting world peace implies that there are no bad guys in the world who need to be fought.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
The NRA has fought for the rights of felons to buy and own firearms.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
And its crew had fought so hard for a Christmastime miracle that was not to be.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
But I fought, and I fought hard, so that others after me have hope, and a chance.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
He fought it controversially, and at times in pretty boneheaded ways.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of fought
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They fought each other for the possession of this wonderful land.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Mabel's lawyer has won the most difficult case he ever fought for.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Viviette alone in her maidenly splendour, he could have fought it down.Viviette
William J. Locke
So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.Within the Law
verb fights, fighting or fought
- to box, as for a living
- to use aggressive rough tactics
Word Origin for fight
past tense and past participle of fight (v.). The past participle form foughten (Old English fohten) has been archaic since 18c. but occasionally appears in the phrase foughten field.
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.
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