(third-person singular simple present brawls, present participle brawling, simple past and past participle brawled)
- To engage in a brawl; to fight or quarrel.
- To complain loudly; to scold.
- To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
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".