[ in-fahy-ting ]
/ ˈɪnˌfaɪ tɪŋ /


fighting at close range.
fighting between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc.; internecine contention.
free-for-all fighting.

Origin of infighting

First recorded in 1810–20; in-1 + fighting
Related formsin·fight·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for in-fighting


/ (ˈɪnˌfaɪtɪŋ) /


boxing combat at close quarters in which proper blows are inhibited and the fighters try to wear down each other's strength
intense competition, as between members of the same organization, esp when kept secret from outsiders
Derived Formsinfighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for in-fighting



1812, from pugilism, the practice of getting at close quarters with an opponent; see in + fighting. Old English infiht (n.) meant "brawl within a house or between members of a household."

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