- The definition of a brawl is a fight or an argument, especially a noisy or violent one.
When people start fighting loudly at a party, this is an example of a brawl.
- To brawl is to become involved in a noisy or violent fight.
When you start punching and fighting someone, this is an example of a time when you brawl.
Two men having a brawl.
- to quarrel or fight noisily
- to flow noisily over rapids, falls, etc.: said of water
Origin of brawlMiddle English braulen, to cry out, quarrel; probably akin to Dutch brallen, to boast
- a rough, noisy quarrel or fight; row
- Slang a noisy, drunken party
- A noisy quarrel or fight.
- Slang A loud party.
intransitive verbbrawled, brawl·ing, brawls
Origin of brawlMiddle English braul, from braullen, to quarrel.
- A fight, usually with a large number of people involved.
(third-person singular simple present brawls, present participle brawling, simple past and past participle brawled)
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".