fight·​ing | \ ˈfī-tiŋ How to pronounce fighting (audio) \

Definition of fighting

1 : designed, intended, or trained to fight in combat a fighting ship a powerful fighting force fighting men
2 : fit to fight a boxer in fighting condition
3 : having or showing a readiness to fight : aggressive What he does is break down the fighting spirit, not to mention the bodies, of his opponents.The New York Times — see also fighting chance, fighting word

First Known Use of fighting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fighting was in the 14th century

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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