from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A noisy quarrel or fight.
  • n. A loud party.
  • n. A loud, roaring noise.
  • intransitive v. To quarrel or fight noisily.
  • intransitive v. To flow noisily, as water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fight, usually with a huge amount of people involved.
  • v. To engage in a brawl; to fight or quarrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To quarrel noisily and outrageously.
  • intransitive v. To complain loudly; to scold.
  • intransitive 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noisy fight in a crowd
  • n. an uproarious party
  • v. to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively


Middle English braul, from braullen, to quarrel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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