brawl

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verb

brawled; brawling; brawls

intransitive verb

1
: to quarrel or fight noisily : wrangle
soccer fans brawling in the streets
2
: to make a loud confused noise
the Miami river … brawled over 25 feet of rapidsMarjory S. Douglas
brawler noun

brawl

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noun

1
: a noisy quarrel or fight
a brawl broke out among the fans
a barroom brawl
2
: a loud tumultuous noise
the spring run became quite a trout brook and its tiny murmur a loud brawlJohn Burroughs

Example Sentences

Verb Fans were brawling in the streets after the game. the Wilsons were always loudly brawling, and the neighbors were always shutting their windows Noun they were thrown out of the party after starting a brawl the student drama society's decision to put on the controversial play prompted a brawl at the school board meeting
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Divine Knockout – Become a small-but-mighty god of myth, brawl in all three dimensions and knock your friends off the map to reign supreme in the world’s only third-person platform fighter! Kris Holt, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Individuals brawl, bite, and scratch one another in competition for food and throughout the breeding season. Katie Jewett, Discover Magazine, 16 Aug. 2018 Riveting from the opening bathroom brawl to his final heartbreak at the hands of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Craig brought out a side of Bond never seen before: vulnerability and the ability to feel shaken (if not stirred). Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2022 The ease with which social media allows influential crypto figures to promote their projects, or brawl with their rivals, is both a powerful force and dangerous risk. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2022 Bradley fractured his elbow falling over the dugout railing while trying to get to the Angels brawl with the Seattle Mariners on June 26. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 But the schedule was punishing, and Thorpe had a shadow side: an urge to drink and brawl, a carelessness with money and a neglect of his family. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 The stabbing that led to the filing of the child abuse complaint unfolded at around 4 p.m. at the Nubian Square MBTA Station as two groups of teens started to brawl. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Iglesias received the suspension from MLB on Monday, one day after the Angels’ brawl with the Seattle Mariners. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022
Noun
Aqib Talib instigated the brawl that resulted in the August shooting. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 With little more than a week to go until jury selection, R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago is shaping up to be a hotblooded, bare-knuckle legal brawl. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 If this were simply a financial brawl, the Tour would be in disastrous shape. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Richardson points outs that small and medium enterprises, and companies between the coasts, are finally getting a taste of what their larger, metropolitan counterparts have experienced for the last few years—an all-out brawl for top talent. Amber Burton, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2023 With Brown's confirmation of another run, both parties are gearing up for a bare-knuckle brawl in Ohio. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2022 The film opens with Foxx in an all-out brawl with an old-lady vampire, who, over the course of the fight, gets tossed around, bent in half, and flip-flopped every which way. Jason P. Frank, Vulture, 26 Aug. 2022 There was an impressive-looking backstage brawl that immediately went to commercial. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Arraignments for the charges related to the brawl were held on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday, said Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English brawlen, brallen, of uncertain origin

Noun

Middle English braule, brall, noun derivative of brawlen "to brawl entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brawl was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawl. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

brawl

verb
ˈbrȯl
1
: to quarrel noisily : wrangle
2
: to make a loud confused noise
brawl noun
brawler noun

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