[ 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 forms

in·fight·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infighting


/ (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 Forms

infighter, noun
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