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

But the bare-knuckle, brawling style that the Tea Party brought to American politics, Mr. Brandon added, is still very much intact. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger," 28 Aug. 2019 Recently, videos of brawling Miami Beach partyers went viral on social media. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Wealthy Buyers Say ‘So Long’ to South Beach," 27 June 2019 On that occasion, there were a couple exchanges that boiled over into what qualifies as brawling in football. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Chargers’ Kyzir White eager to showcase his promise after injury-shortened debut," 3 June 2019 In an interview at City Hall with The Oregonian/OregonLive, the pair, who collectively lead Portland’s police force, voiced their toughest stance yet against people using the cloak of free speech as a pretext to brawl on city streets. oregonlive.com, "Portland mayor and chief warn protest instigators: Expect stern police response," 6 Aug. 2019 Progressives and moderates will brawl until the convention over the best way to deliver health care. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Five takeaways from the Democrats’ policy brawls," 31 July 2019 In 1798, hot-tempered Vermont representative Matthew Lyon—who once brawled on the House floor with Roger Griswold of Connecticut—ran for Congressional reelection from prison and won. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A criminal record won’t prevent Danielle Stella’s bid for Ilhan Omar’s congressional seat," 28 July 2019 That's the inevitable outcome after the U.S. women brawled to a 2-1 victory over Spain on Monday in the medieval town of Reims, playing their ugliest but toughest soccer yet to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "Better early than never: US-France is a World Cup quarterfinal with big-time stakes," 25 June 2019 The fan base of Romantikus Er?szak, or Romantic Violence, for instance, is heavy on skinheads and soccer hooligans and has a reputation for brawling. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The argument has the feel of a schoolyard brawl about to take off. Alex Norcia, New York Times, "Is ‘Fredo’ a Movie Reference or an Ethnic Slight? Depends Who You’re Yelling At," 4 Sep. 2019 Don’t expect a repeat of the Oxnard brawl when the Los Angeles come to town for practices Wednesday and Thursday. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Eight practices, no fights? Why Raiders are pulling their punches," 5 Aug. 2019 At the time of the brawl, reports were already circulating that Puig had been dealt. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "An MLB fan threw 96 MPH. He's now under contract," 4 Aug. 2019 Media coverage of brawls in Portland between groups who purportedly are demonstrating for political reasons has cast a negative light on the city’s elected officials and Mayor Ted Wheeler in particular. oregonlive.com, "Andy Ngo says he suffered brain injury during Portland ‘mob beating’," 25 July 2019 The woman in the white shirt and the woman in the tan shirt begin to fight near the woman who was in the wheelchair, who falls to the ground in the midst of their brawl. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Anaheim police investigating viral video of violent Disneyland brawl," 8 July 2019 The country is a rare potential beneficiary of the U.S.-China trade brawl, sometimes acting as conduit to evade tariffs. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Vietnam’s Moment Is Here," 28 June 2019 The story was posted the day after video surfaced of a massive brawl between parents at a youth softball game in Tennessee. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin wrestler used as example in article highlighting how technology has complicated the jobs of youth sports officials," 19 June 2019 Quiet Storm provides a panoramic view of the brawl. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "The Turbulent Journey of Metta World Peace," 5 June 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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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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