a noisy quarrel, squabble, or fight.
a bubbling or roaring noise; a clamor.
Slang. a large, noisy party.
verb (used without object)
to quarrel angrily and noisily; wrangle.
to make a bubbling or roaring noise, as water flowing over a rocky bed.

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

brawler, noun
brawly, adjective
outbrawl, verb (used with object)
unbrawling, adjective

1. wrangle, row, tumult, affray, altercation, rumpus. See disorder. 4. squabble, fight, bicker, row. Unabridged
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brawl1 (brɔːl)
1.  a loud disagreement or fight
2.  slang (US) an uproarious party
3.  to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
4.  (esp of water) to flow noisily
[C14: probably related to Dutch brallen to boast, behave aggressively]
n, —adj

brawl2 (brɔːl)
a dance: the English version of the branle

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., braulen "to cry out, scold, quarrel," probably related to Du. brallen "to boast," or from Fr. brailler "to shout noisily," frequentative of braire "to bray." The noun is mid-15c., from the verb. Related: Brawled; brawling.
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12th-century French chain dance adopted (c. 1450-c. 1650) by European aristocrats, especially in France and in England, where the word branle was anglicized as "brawl." Named for its characteristic side-to-side movement (French branler, "to sway"), the branle was performed by a chain of dancers who alternated large sideways steps to the left (frequently four) with an equal number of smaller steps to the right. Thus the chain, usually of couples intertwining arms or holding hands, progressed to the left in a circle or serpentine figure. Branles were danced with walking, running, gliding, or skipping steps depending on the speed of the music, which was composed in 44 time.

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Example sentences
Once you are able to see the early signs of a fight, you can stop the behavior
  before it progresses to an all out brawl.
There was no parliamentary brawl per se, that is-and only a bit of physical
In a stunning display of amphibian machismo, tree frogs boogie before they
  brawl in this unprecedented video.
He warns that they'll bicker and possibly even brawl.
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