- The definition of an affray is a loud disagreement or fight in a public place.
An example of an affray is a loud argument between a couple in a restaurant.
Origin of affrayMiddle English affrai, an attack, alarm ; from Old French esfrei ; from esfrëer, to frighten ; from Medieval Latin an unverified form exfridare ; from Classical Latin ex, out of + Germanic base frith-, peace
Origin of affrayME affraien < OFr esfraer
transitive verbaf·frayed, af·fray·ing, af·frays Archaic
Origin of affrayMiddle English, from Old French effrei, esfrei, from esfraier, esfreer, to disturb; see prī- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.
- A tumultuous assault or quarrel.
- The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.
- The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder.
(third-person singular simple present affrays, present participle affraying, simple past and past participle affrayed)
- To startle from quiet; to alarm.
- To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
From Middle English afraien (“to terrify, frighten”), from Anglo-Norman afrayer (“to terrify, disquiet, disturb”), from Old French effreer, esfreer (“to disturb, remove the peace from”), from es- (“ex-”) + freer (“to secure, secure the peace”), from Frankish *friþu (“security, peace”), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (“peace”), from Proto-Germanic *frijōną (“to free; to love”), from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with Old High German fridu (“peace”), Old English friþ (“peace, frith”), Old English frēod (“peace, friendship”), German Friede (“peace”). Compare also afear. More at free, friend.
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