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brawl

[brawl] /brɔl/
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel, squabble, or fight.
2.
a bubbling or roaring noise; a clamor.
3.
Slang. a large, noisy party.
verb (used without object)
4.
to quarrel angrily and noisily; wrangle.
5.
to make a bubbling or roaring noise, as water flowing over a rocky bed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English brawlen, brallen to raise a clamor, quarrel, boast; of uncertain origin; (noun) Middle English braule, brall, derivative of the noun
Related forms
brawler, noun
brawly, adjective
outbrawl, verb (used with object)
unbrawling, adjective
Synonyms
1. wrangle, row, tumult, affray, altercation, rumpus. See disorder. 4. squabble, fight, bicker, row.
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  • He sought peace, but drinking heavily and brawling publicly, he failed to find it.
  • The brawling dialogue does, however, suggest that airline service might get worse before it gets better.
  • Dances and socials, though sometimes marred by brawling inebriates, enlivened the long winter nights.
  • Frequently, geographic naming reveals the rough and brawling nature of the environment that greeted the westward expansion.
  • There were also a number of instances of absence without leave, insubordination, and brawling.
  • Children still enter the system for shoplifting, breaking windows and brawling.
British Dictionary definitions for brawling

brawl1

/brɔːl/
noun
1.
a loud disagreement or fight
2.
(US, slang) an uproarious party
verb (intransitive)
3.
to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
4.
(esp of water) to flow noisily
Derived Forms
brawler, noun
brawling, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: probably related to Dutch brallen to boast, behave aggressively

brawl2

/brɔːl/
noun
1.
a dance: the English version of the branle
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Word Origin and History for brawling

brawl

v.

late 14c., braulen "to cry out, scold, quarrel," probably related to Dutch brallen "to boast," or from French brailler "to shout noisily," frequentative of braire "to bray" (see bray (v.)). Meaning "quarrel, wrangle, squabble" is from early 15c. Related: Brawled; brawling.

n.

mid-15c., from brawl (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for brawling

brawl

noun

A noisy, riotous party

[1920s+; fr brawl, ''a noisy fight,'' of obscure origin; perhaps related to Dutch brallen, ''brag,'' and Low German brallen, ''shout, roar''; perhaps fr French branle, ''an energetic circle dance'']


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