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Brawl definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BRAWL, v.i. [L. proelior.]
1. To quarrel noisily and indecently.
2. To speak loud and indecently.
3. To roar as water; to make a noise.
BRAWL, v.t. To drive or beat away.
BRAWL, n. Noise; quarrel; scurrility; uproar.
1. Formerly, a kind of dance.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an uproarious party [syn: bash, do, brawl]
2: a noisy fight in a crowd [syn: brawl, free-for-all] v
1: to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively; "The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street" [syn: brawl, wrangle]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. to quarrel or fight noisily ; wrangle 2. to make a loud confused noise brawler noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a noisy quarrel or fight 2. a loud tumultuous noise

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. a noisy quarrel or fight. --v.intr. 1 quarrel noisily or roughly. 2 (of a stream) run noisily. Derivatives: brawler n. Etymology: ME f. OProv., rel. to BRAY(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brawl Brawl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Brawled; p. pr. & vb. n. Brawling.] [OE. braulen to quarrel, boast, brallen to cry, make a noise; cf. LG. brallen to brag, MHG. pr?ulen, G. prahlen, F. brailler to cry, shout, Pr. brailar, braillar, W. bragal to vociferate, brag, Armor. bragal to romp, to strut, W. broliaw to brag, brawl boast. ?95.] 1. To quarrel noisily and outrageously. Let a man that is a man consider that he is a fool that brawleth openly with his wife. --Golden Boke. 2. To complain loudly; to scold. 3. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones. Where the brook brawls along the painful road. --Wordsworth. Syn: To wrangle; squabble; contend.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brawl Brawl, n. A noisy quarrel; loud, angry contention; a wrangle; a tumult; as, a drunken brawl. His sports were hindered by the brawls. --Shak. Syn: Noise; quarrel; uproar; row; tumult.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(brawls, brawling, brawled) 1. A brawl is a rough or violent fight. He had been in a drunken street brawl. N-COUNT 2. If someone brawls, they fight in a very rough or violent way. He was suspended for a year from University after brawling with police over a speeding ticket... Two gangs of youths brawled on the dance floor of the ferry. V-RECIP: V with n, pl-n V brawling The brawling between the England fans and locals last night went on for several hours.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. 1. Quarrel (noisily), dispute (angrily), wrangle, brangle, jangle, squabblebicker. 2. Roar, resound. II. n. Quarrel, wrangle, brangle, jangle, squabble, dispute, uproar, broil, altercation, fracas, squabble, fray, feud, tumult, disturbance, row, mle, rumpus (colloq.), outbreak. See affray.

Moby Thesaurus

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