brawl

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English braule, brall "brawl, squabble" from braulen, brallen "to clamour, boast, quarrel". Compare Middle High German prālen "to boast, flaunt" (German prahlen "to vaunt, boast, flaunt"), Low German brallen "to brag", Dutch brallen "to boast", Danish bralle "chatter, jabber".

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -ɔːl

Noun[edit]

Bauernrauferei beim Kartenspiel (Smallholders Playing Cards, c. 1630–1640) by Flemish painter Adriaen Brouwer

brawl (plural brawls)

  1. A fight, usually with a large number of people involved.

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Verb[edit]

brawl (third-person singular simple present brawls, present participle brawling, simple past and past participle brawled)

  1. To engage in a brawl; to fight or quarrel.
  2. To complain loudly; to scold.
  3. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
    • Wordsworth
      where the brook brawls along the painful road

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