A bar fight is a brawl. A fight in the cafeteria which turns into a free-for-all can also be called a brawl. A brawl is a noisy fight in a crowd.

Brawl can also be used as a verb—people who are fighting can be said to be brawling, whether or not they are using their fists. Similarly, you can use the word to suggest that a war of words is rough, in the manner of a bar fight—the bride and her mother were engaged in a brawl over the guest list for the big day.

Definitions of brawl

v to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively

Type of:
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something

n a noisy fight in a crowd

Type of:
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

n an uproarious party

bash, do
Type of:
an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

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