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 Hagler’s April 15, 1985, brawl with Thomas Hearns, his 36th match in that decade-long run, is among the sport’s classics. BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton boxers still dream of being the next Marvin Hagler," 27 Mar. 2021 Polls down the stretch showed the president locked in a close-quarters brawl with Biden for Ohio’s 18 Electoral College votes, with the state reverting to its historical role as a prominent swing state. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump captures Ohio in critical win," 3 Nov. 2020 Some media types hoped for a champion who'd cuss-out or brawl with a rival. Michael Knight, The Arizona Republic, "It took time, but 7-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson came to terms with 'vanilla' label," 1 Nov. 2020 This lawlessness could be terrifying; the inmates would brawl over card games. Doug Bock Clark, New York Times, "Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait," 28 Oct. 2020 In fact, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would do well to emulate their understudies, who both not only proved viable should they be thrust into the presidency, but also provided a template on how to spar, not brawl. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Stark but civil contrasts on display in VP debate," 8 Oct. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last March, Miami Beach police were involved in several violent altercations, including one incident in which police responded to a brawl at a South Beach bar by tackling one man, punching two others and grabbing a woman by the throat. Devoun Cetoute And Martin Vassolo, sun-sentinel.com, "Police seen body-slamming person, shooting pepper balls to disperse crowd in South Beach," 12 Mar. 2021 Police said two women received citations for assault and disorderly conduct in connection to a brawl between employees and customers at a Bath & Body Works in Scottsdale on Saturday. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Police cite 2 women in brawl at Bath & Body Works in Scottsdale Fashion Square," 9 Mar. 2021 But views on that are about as split as the Senate itself, which means Democrats could go from chasing popular ideas like boosting the minimum wage and getting cash to Americans to a partisan process brawl that has, at best, coin-toss backing. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why a Debate on the Minimum Wage Could Spark a D.C. Meltdown," 2 Mar. 2021 Every fight felt like a bar brawl, which was fun much of the time, but just didn’t click as a core mechanic. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 Putin has always characterized his younger self as a thug, quick-tempered and vengeful, the kind to settle disputes with a sidewalk brawl. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Biden Rattled Putin," 19 Mar. 2021 New Delhi previously said at least 20 Indian soldiers died during the brawl. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China detains six people for 'insulting' soldiers killed in India border clash," 23 Feb. 2021 During the brawl, Mississippi State’s De’Monte Russell, in street clothes beneath his jersey, ripped the helmet off Tulsa’s TieNeal Martin and appeared to land a punch to Martin’s head. orlandosentinel.com, "Brawl mars Mississippi State’s Armed Forces win over Tulsa," 1 Jan. 2021 Their epic brawl premieres Wednesday in theaters and on HBO Max. Washington Post, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Which of our big boys has the power to win?," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Brawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawl. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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