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brawl

verb \ ˈbrȯl \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of brawl

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

brawler

noun

Examples of brawl in a Sentence

  1. Fans were brawling in the streets after the game.

  2. the Wilsons were always loudly brawling, and the neighbors were always shutting their windows

Recent Examples of brawl from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of brawl

Middle English brawlen, brallen, of uncertain origin


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brawl

noun

Definition of brawl

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

Examples of brawl in a Sentence

  1. they were thrown out of the party after starting a brawl

  2. the student drama society's decision to put on the controversial play prompted a brawl at the school board meeting

Recent Examples of brawl from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of brawl

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



BRAWL Defined for English Language Learners

brawl

verb

Definition of brawl for English Language Learners

  • : to fight noisily in usually a public place


BRAWL Defined for Kids

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brawl

verb \ ˈbrȯl \

Definition of brawl for Students

brawled; brawling
: to quarrel or fight noisily

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brawl

noun

Definition of brawl for Students

: a noisy quarrel or fight


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