brawl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brawl to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively "The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street"
    • n brawl a noisy fight in a crowd
    • n brawl an uproarious party
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brawl A noisy quarrel; loud, angry contention; a wrangle; a tumult; as, a drunken brawl . "His sports were hindered by the brawls ."
    • Brawl To complain loudly; to scold.
    • Brawl To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones. "Where the brook brawls along the painful road."
    • Brawl To quarrel noisily and outrageously. "Let a man that is a man consider that he is a fool that brawleth openly with his wife."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brawl To speak loudly and complainingly or angrily; be clamorous or noisy; quarrel noisily and indecently.
    • brawl To roar, as water flowing over a pebbly or rocky bed; make a loud babbling noise.
    • brawl Synonyms To wrangle, squabble, dispute (noisily).
    • brawl To wrangle about; be noisy or contentious regarding.
    • brawl To drive away or beat down by noise.
    • n brawl A kind of dance; a branle.
    • n brawl See braul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brawl brawl a noisy quarrel
    • v.i Brawl to quarrel noisily: to murmur or gurgle
    • adj Brawl quarrelsome: noisy
    • n Brawl brawl a kind of French dance.
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Seven's a banquet nine a brawl.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. braulen, to quarrel, boast, brallen, to cry, make a noise; cf. LG. brallen, to brag, MHG. pr,ulen, G. prahlen, F. brailler, to cry, shout, Pr. brailar, braillar, W. bragal, to vociferate, brag, Armor. bragal, to romp, to strut, W. broliaw, to brag, brawl, boast. 95
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. braule.

Usage

In literature:

I shall have to lodge a complaint against you for brawling.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
Poor sheepskin, how it brawls with him that beateth it!
"A Study of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
If the meeting could end in a brawl the odds would be in favor of Tillotson.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Rocco was killed by Amilcare Orsini, a bastard of the Count of Pitigliano, in a brawl at night.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
At the same time, Samuel lived in a very fast age, an age when pleasure was a business, and "old Rowley, the king," led the brawls.
"Lost Leaders" by Andrew Lang
The fact that Proms at other colleges are brawls, too, doesn't make ours any more respectable.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
He hated brawling, acrimonious dispute.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The stream began to brawl; on either hand the hills closed in, towering high.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
You must have seen him in a common street brawl!
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
He did not know but that this was a preliminary to an attempt to rob him, and he was in no mood for a brawl.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
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In poetry:

Hard lot of mine! my days are cast
Among the sons of strife,
Whose never-ceasing brawling waste
My golden hours of life.
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts
Which makes appear the songs I made
As echoes out of weaker times,
As half but idle brawling rhymes,
The sport of random sun and shade.
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 131" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Which makes appear the songs I made
As echoes out of weaker times,
As half but idle brawling rhymes,
The sport of random sun and shade.
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
SICK of the crowd, the toil, the strife,
Sweet Nature, how I turn to thee,
Seeking for renovated life,
By brawling brook and shady tree!
"Flight To Nature" by William Gilmore Simms
Young Mary stole along the vale,
To keep her tryst with Ulnor's lord;
A warrior clad in coat of mail
Stood darkling by the brawling ford.
"Mary's Tryst" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"I take possession of man's mind and deed.
I care not what the sects may brawl.
I sit as God holding no form of creed,
But contemplating all." *
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

The Baymen took apart archrival Southampton at home Friday night in a game marred by an ugly brawl.
Bellarmine wins backyard brawl against Auburn.
LONDON (AP) — UEFA imposed heavy sanctions on Serbia on Thursday for an on-pitch brawl and its fans' racial abuse of England players at an ill-tempered under-21s match.
Outfielder takes out unsuspecting base runner as massive brawl breaks out during a youth baseball game .
Authorities investigating mass brawl at Santa Rosa basketball game .
Brawl gives the word ' battled ' meaning.
It's A NASCAR Brawl Beatdown .
MWR apologizes for team behavior in Phoenix brawl.
Brown, girlfriend and bodyguard injured in brawl.
Police cordon off a road near Foxconn's plant in Taiyuan, China, in September after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees injured 40 people.
Three players were ejected for an on-field brawl in the fourth quarter of the Cincinnati Bengals ' 34-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, leaving them in line for major fines.
Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth ran up to Houston, their facemasks hit and the brawl was on.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Three players were ejected for an on-field brawl in the fourth quarter of the Cincinnati Bengals ' 34-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, leaving them in line for major fines.
Gabriel Aubry won't be charged in Halle Berry fiance brawl.
Soccer players brawl after big game .
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