brawl

[brawl]
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; (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.
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brawl1 (brɔːl)
 
n
1.  a loud disagreement or fight
2.  slang (US) an uproarious party
 
vb
3.  to quarrel or fight noisily; squabble
4.  (esp of water) to flow noisily
 
[C14: probably related to Dutch brallen to boast, behave aggressively]
 
'brawler1
 
n
 
'brawling1
 
n, —adj

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

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brawl
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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Example sentences
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.
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