\ 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



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

Other Words from brawl


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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First Known Use of brawl


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brawl


Middle English brawlen, brallen, of uncertain origin


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

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“Brawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈbrȯl How to pronounce brawl (audio) \
brawled; brawling

Kids Definition of brawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to quarrel or fight noisily



Kids Definition of brawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel or fight

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