American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A noisy quarrel or fight.
- n. A loud party.
- n. A loud, roaring noise.
- v. To quarrel or fight noisily.
- v. To flow noisily, as water.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speak loudly and complainingly or angrily; be clamorous or noisy; quarrel noisily and indecently.
- To roar, as water flowing over a pebbly or rocky bed; make a loud babbling noise.
- Synonyms To wrangle, squabble, dispute (noisily).
- To wrangle about; be noisy or contentious regarding.
- To drive away or beat down by noise.
- n. A kind of dance; a branle.
- n. See braul.
- n. A fight, usually with a huge amount of people involved.
- v. To engage in a brawl; to fight or quarrel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To quarrel noisily and outrageously.
- v. To complain loudly; to scold.
- v. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
- n. A noisy quarrel; loud, angry contention; a wrangle; a tumult.
- n. a noisy fight in a crowd
- n. an uproarious party
- v. to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
- 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". (Wiktionary)
- Middle English braul, from braullen, to quarrel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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