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 As international pressure mounted because of the Turkish leaks, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl. NBC News, "Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing," 25 Mar. 2020 As international pressure mounted due to Turkish leaks, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl. Arkansas Online, "Saudis sentence 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi's killing," 23 Dec. 2019 As international pressure mounted because of the Turkish leaks, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl. Abdullah Al-shihri, Twin Cities, "Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Jamal Khashoggi murder," 23 Dec. 2019 Ahmad was allegedly involved in a brawl with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student outfit affiliated to Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The JNU uprising has profound implications for India’s student community," 3 Dec. 2019 That game, a 19-14 OSU victory, ended in a brawl. 9. oregonlive, "Canzano: 123 Civil War football facts you need to know, if you don’t already," 27 Nov. 2019 Hathaway was given a match penalty for spitting on Anaheim defenseman Erik Gudbranson in a brawl during the Capitals’ 5-2 victory Monday. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Capitals brace for Hathaway to be suspended for spitting," 19 Nov. 2019 Earlier this week, two brothers and a third individual were killed in a brawl involving guns and knives in the northern town of Majd al-Krum. Joseph Krauss, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Israeli Arabs go on strike to protest deadly crime wave," 3 Oct. 2019 Some of the best sources for consistent baseball laughs are Jomboy Media’s humorous breakdowns of baseball incidents: brawls, brush backs and bat flips. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Drive-In Soccer in Denmark," 11 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Brawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawl. Accessed 26 May. 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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