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brawl (v.)

late 14c., braulen "to cry out, scold, quarrel," probably related to Dutch brallen "to boast," or from French brailler "to shout noisily," frequentative of braire "to bray" (see bray (v.)). Meaning "quarrel, wrangle, squabble" is from early 15c. Related: Brawled; brawler; brawling.

brawl (n.)

mid-15c., "noisy disturbance," from brawl (v.). Meaning "fist-fight" is by 1873.

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