brawl

verb
\ ˈbrȯl How to pronounce brawl (audio) \
brawled; brawling; brawls

Definition of brawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 rapids— Marjory S. Douglas

brawl

noun

Definition of brawl (Entry 2 of 2)

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 brawl— John Burroughs

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Other Words from brawl

Verb

brawler noun

Examples of brawl in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, Jonathan Aladin, 19, ran from the store brawling with an employee, Allyn D. Gibson. Washington Post, "Protests at Oberlin labeled a bakery racist. Now, the college will pay $11 million for libel.," 10 June 2019 The Funny’’ about everyday life in Miami-Dade such as a jump roping Miami police officer or customers brawling with a Burger King manager over some fries in south Miami-Dade. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "El Jefe? Fidel Castro look-alike sighting turns heads on social media," 6 June 2019 Over the past year, the two rappers have gone from denying ill will toward one another to slyly shading each other to supposedly brawling at a party during New York Fashion Week. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the sexist female rapper paradigm behind their feud, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Shocking footage shows the moment a cheerleader brawled with a bully after she was punched in the head. Fox News, "Video shows cheerleader brawling with 'bully' after trying to make peace," 10 Sep. 2018 Will the president respond by brawling or cutting deals? Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Blue Wave May Wash Education Reform Away," 13 Nov. 2018 Wisconsin Democrats also brawled in an eight-way primary for the chance to try (yet again) to knock out incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women Continue to Make History in an Election Year That's Already Shattering Records," 15 Aug. 2018 This joint practice fight comes days after the New York Jets and Washington Redskins brawled during their scrimmage. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Texans star DeAndre Hopkins, 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward fight at joint practice," 15 Aug. 2018 By brawling with America’s friends, critics say, Trump has squandered an opportunity to build a united front against China. Paul Wiseman, The Seattle Times, "What you need to know about the upcoming U.S.-China tariffs," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Against Pittsburgh this year, Dietrich is hitting a saucy .423/.444/1.269, including seven of his 17 home runs, one of which sparked a benches-clearing brawl back in April. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Problem With the MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 In February, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a homeless military veteran on skid row after the two were engaged in an early morning brawl near the Midnight Mission. James Queally, latimes.com, "Victim killed in downtown L.A. motorcycle chase was homeless man," 3 June 2019 His potential weaknesses haven’t been widely debated yet, by other candidates, though several have taken swipes at Biden in recent days, foreshadowing a larger brawl. Michael Scherer, The Seattle Times, "Biden tests assumptions about what Democratic voters want in Trump era," 20 May 2019 An all-out brawl almost ensues, but Debbie smooths it over. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 But if the second-place finisher is a Democrat — most likely former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — there could be a brawl in November. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Some see a Newsom strategy to boost Republican John Cox: 'Putin would be proud'," 24 May 2018 Grainy footage of the encounter obtained by the AP shows Trump security officials shoving a representative of the condo owners’ association and a brawl in a stairwell between opposing security guards. Jeff Horowitz, Time, "Trump Hotel Executives Ousted from Offices in Panama After 12-Day Standoff," 5 Mar. 2018 McGregor also was suspended from MMA competition for six months and fined $50,000 for his role in a brawl instigated by Nurmagomedov immediately after their bout last October. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Conor McGregor announces retirement on social media," 26 Mar. 2019 Five of those arrested were involved in a brawl that happened near the parade’s end and at least seven of the arrests were juveniles, Boyle said. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of brawl

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brawl

Verb

Middle English brawlen, brallen, of uncertain origin

Noun

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

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brawl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brawl

: to fight noisily in usually a public place

brawl

verb
\ ˈbrȯl How to pronounce brawl (audio) \
brawled; brawling

Kids Definition of brawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to quarrel or fight noisily

brawl

noun

Kids Definition of brawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel or fight

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