Brawl Brawl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brawled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brawling}.] [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.] 1. To quarrel noisily and outrageously. [1913 Webster]

Let a man that is a man consider that he is a fool that brawleth openly with his wife. --Golden Boke. [1913 Webster]

2. To complain loudly; to scold. [1913 Webster]

3. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones. [1913 Webster]

Where the brook brawls along the painful road. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To wrangle; squabble; contend. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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