1. A noisy quarrel or fight.
2. Slang A loud party.
intr.v. brawled, brawl·ing, brawls
To quarrel or fight noisily.
[Middle English braul, from braullen, to quarrel.]
Synonyms: brawl, donnybrook, fracas, fray1, free-for-all, melee, scrap2, scrape, scuffle1
These nouns denote a noisy, disorderly, and often violent quarrel or fight: a barroom brawl; a vicious legal donnybrook; a fracas among prison inmates; eager for the fray; a free-for-all in the schoolyard; police plunging into the melee; a scrap between opposing players; a scrape that took place at the mall; a scuffle that broke out in the courtroom.
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