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 Chapter 4 begins with Mando running into a mercenary named Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and brawling with her briefly outside a saloon. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: Chapter 4 'Sanctuary'," 29 Nov. 2019 Custer and Reddick brawled on pit road after Saturday’s Xfiniity Series race at Kansas Speedway, after Reddick finished second and Custer was 11th. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Watch NASCAR pit road fight after Saturday’s Xfinity race," 20 Oct. 2019 Officials tell The Associated Press the temporary halt came after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting after they were allowed to mingle together in prison recreation yards. San Diego Union-Tribune, "APNewsBreak: California halts prison gang peacemaking effort," 24 Sep. 2019 Bell was tossed from the Pirates-Reds on Tuesday then ran back on the field in the ninth inning trying to get at 62-year-old Pirates manager Clint Hurdle when the teams started brawling. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "We can thank Astros, Diamondbacks for saving the trade deadline," 3 Aug. 2019 Reports of beatings, arson, shootings, brawling and other violence stretched from the Loop to the city's West and South sides beginning July 27, 1919, and continued for almost two weeks. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "‘Ready to explode’: How a black boy’s drifting raft triggered a deadly week of riots 100 years ago in Chicago," 19 July 2019 The Proud Boys connection Salinas often flies across the country to march alongside groups that have directly brawled with antifa, such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Far-right groups gain mainstream momentum in crusade against anti-fascist movement," 13 Sep. 2019 While the Bulls, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks brawled for that top seed in the East, the Utah Jazz were seven games better than the No. 2 Seattle SuperSonics. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Fitch’s last coaching job may have been his best," 4 Sep. 2019 Proud Boys have routinely brawled with left-wing activists in the streets of Portland, New York and elsewhere. oregonlive.com, "Will Proud Boys, antifa showdown mark a tipping point for Portland?," 10 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An Arizona high school boys basketball tournament Saturday was marred by a wild brawl that broke out in the handshake line which spilled into the stands. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Wild brawl breaks out at end of Arizona high school basketball game: 'It was ugly'," 4 Dec. 2019 The Browns and Steelers had a brawl just two weeks ago in which Cleveland’s star defensive end Myles Garrett belted Mason Rudolph over the head with the Pittsburgh quarterback’s helmet. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 2 Dec. 2019 Yelsky argued in his court filings that the parking lot adjacent to the strip club was the site of several brawls and fights before his client opened the club, and that patrons of other Warehouse District bars also contribute to unruly atmosphere. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Brawls, drugs and a rape linked to downtown Cleveland strip club authorities are trying to shutter," 2 Dec. 2019 The Browns and Steelers were all anyone was talking about after Week 11, thanks to an ugly incident that led to suspensions and a brawl. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch Week 13 NFL Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable," 1 Dec. 2019 Just a year before, an ugly brawl had prematurely ended Pike’s season. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "No one covers girls high school basketball like IndyStar. Here's why you should subscribe.," 1 Dec. 2019 But maybe the most compelling matchup, and one creating plenty of divided opinions, will occur in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers host the Browns just two weeks after the Browns manhandled them 21-7 in a game that ended with an ugly brawl. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports' Week 13 NFL picks: Do Steelers get even with Browns, retain final AFC wild-card spot?," 28 Nov. 2019 In the early 20th century, boys from Bukom organised bare-knuckle brawls on beaches and moonlit streets. The Economist, "Bukom boxers draw on a long fighting tradition," 28 Nov. 2019 The total number of players disciplined for their part in that ugly brawl between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers nearly two weeks ago. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 25: US Navy, Hong Kong protests, impeachment investigation," 25 Nov. 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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The first known use of brawl was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Brawl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brawling. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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