A brawl is a noisy fight in a crowd. If the food fight in the cafeteria gets seriously out of hand, you might find yourself in an all-out brawl.

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
  1. verb
    quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
    synonyms: wrangle
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    type of:
    altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
    have a disagreement over something
  2. noun
    a noisy fight in a crowd
    synonyms: free-for-all
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    type of:
    combat, fight, fighting, scrap
    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
  3. noun
    an uproarious party
    synonyms: bash, do
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    type of:
    an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
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