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[bran-i-guh n] /ˈbræn ɪ gən/
a carouse.
a squabble; brawl.
Origin of brannigan
1925-30; probably from proper name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • brannigan saw that the proposal was a serious one, and his face stiffened.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Some one was telling how brannigan fixed 'em over in the Eleventh.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • It is improbable that the calf had any clear comprehension of the English tongue, or even of brannigan's backwoods variant of it.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • brannigan would tumble from his bunk and rush out to the rescue.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • In the end it was Mrs. brannigan who found them in an old biscuit tin under some oilskins.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • "Then we'll have to warm ourselves huggin' Mary," laughed brannigan.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Sweeny followed him at a little distance and spoke to the men who were sitting on brannigan's window sills.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • In warm weather his endurance would have been, no doubt, equal to brannigan's.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "Then take that," yelled brannigan, aiming a terrible blow at the boy.

    Bert Lloyd's Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
  • He felt it was good of brannigan not to have resented the suggestion as an insult.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
Slang definitions & phrases for brannigan



  1. A spree: a prolonged crossword puzzle brannigan
  2. A brawl or fracas; donnybrook: Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of this brannigan (1940+)

[1903+; fr the Irish surname, for unclear reasons]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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