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 The shale patch was the Wild West reborn, featuring poker games with $1000 buy-ins, boisterous strip clubs packed with roustabouts and brawling in the muddy streets illuminated by columns of flaring gas. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Buccaneers of the basin: The fall of fracking—and the future of oil," 30 Apr. 2020 In March, a video surfaced showing a group of shoppers brawling over toilet paper in Australia. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Police search for Walmart customer who sprayed Lysol into employee's eyes over coronavirus limit," 7 Apr. 2020 Today in a minute Odd behavior: Monkeys brawling in the streets in Thailand. David Chancellor, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 19 Mar. 2020 The viral video, posted on Sunday by Kenyan K. Southers, shows the two men brawling behind the counter as customers and other employees look on. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "Fight breaks out at Popeyes in Maryland as customers wait in line for popular chicken sandwich," 6 Nov. 2019 Directed by Lindsay Anderson, starring Richard Harris as a kind of rugby player, also kind of a drinking, brawling blue-collar guy. USA TODAY, "Bull Durham director Ron Shelton had some Earl Weaver in him as a Little League coach," 2 May 2020 At the Prang Sam Yod Temple, in Bangkok, troops of monkeys who scavenge their food from tourists brawled with one another over scraps. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is Remaking What Performance Can Be," 16 Mar. 2020 In truth, some people have brawled over now scarce items like toilet paper, but many more have done the opposite. Jamil Zaki, WSJ, "Habits of Kindness That Will Endure," 28 Mar. 2020 Three of Nevada’s defensive starters have been suspended for brawling after Nevada’s overtime loss to UNLV on Nov. 30 and will not play in the Idaho Potato Bowl. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "Ohio vs. Nevada, Idaho Potato Bowl (01/03/20): How to watch, live stream, TV channel and kickoff time," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Troops at the border fought with fists and stones, in a brawl that killed at least 20 Indian soldiers; China didn't acknowledge any casualties. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China is doubling down on its territorial claims and that's causing conflict across Asia," 26 Sep. 2020 But when starters Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were suspended for their roles in an epic brawl with the Kansas City Royals in April, Rodon was inserted into the rotation and never looked back. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: White Sox Nation unloads on manager Rick Renteria after the team gets swept in Cleveland," 25 Sep. 2020 Gates' senior season also was marred by his role in the on-court brawl during the 2011 Crosstown Shootout against Xavier. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Former Cincinnati Bearcats standout Yancy Gates ordered to pay $270K to IRS," 25 Sep. 2020 The slim chances Congress will pass another coronavirus stimulus package appear to have gotten even more minuscule because of the partisan brawl erupting over filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "The battle in Congress to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dashing hopes for a COVID-19 stimulus package," 23 Sep. 2020 Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 after a bout with pancreatic cancer, sparking a brawl over the high court in an already volatile campaign less than seven weeks until Election Day and with early voting underway. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "GOP guardedly optimistic Supreme Court fight will help hold the Senate," 22 Sep. 2020 Last year, Cardi B pleaded not guilty to felony assault and reckless endangerment charges over a strip club brawl. NBC News, "Cardi B and her sister sued over altercation with group displaying Trump flag, MAGA hat," 22 Sep. 2020 Her death kicked off a fierce partisan brawl over confirmation of a successor, with President Trump vowing to name a Supreme Court nominee in the coming days and pressuring the Senate to confirm his pick swiftly. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Murkowski says she opposes filling Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the election," 20 Sep. 2020 Chapman was disciplined after the pitch nearly sparked a brawl. Larry Fleisher, Star Tribune, "Torres' pinch-double helps Yanks sweep O's; lead at 5 1/2 G," 13 Sep. 2020

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

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“Brawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawl. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for brawl

brawl

verb
How to pronounce brawl (audio)

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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