don·​ny·​brook ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k How to pronounce donnybrook (audio)
often capitalized
: a usually public quarrel or dispute

Examples of donnybrook in a Sentence

A donnybrook has erupted over the court's decision. a dozen people were arrested after the donnybrook at the stadium
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Word History


Donnybrook Fair, annual Irish event known for its brawls

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of donnybrook was in 1852


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Cite this Entry

“Donnybrook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Don·​ny·​brook ˈdä-nē-ˌbru̇k How to pronounce Donnybrook (audio)
city in the province of Leinster, eastern Ireland

Note: Donnybrook is a southeastern suburb of Dublin.

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