Etymology
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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.)). The meaning "quarrel, wrangle, squabble" is from early 15c. Related: Brawled; brawler; brawling.

brawl (n.)

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

updated on October 23, 2022

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