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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 of brawl
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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Examples from the Web for brawl
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  • For immediately Gwendolyn heard the rush and bubble and brawl of a narrow mountain-stream.

  • He repaired to Berlin, and was killed there in a brawl at a gambling den.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Andy and what he had told her about the brawl in the saloon raced through Tessibel's mind.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Only remembering that if he plunder or brawl, I may have to leave him hanging on the next bush.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "I'm allowing that you can't afford to raise a brawl, Amateur," he said, deliberately.

    An Amateur Fireman James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for brawl

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 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 brawl

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'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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