If your marching band gets into a fight with another school's pep squad, your principal might say the fracas was uncalled for and undignified. A fracas is a noisy quarrel.

Fracas comes from an Italian word meaning uproar or crash. Two people in a quiet little spat is not a fracas, but a schoolyard rumble definitely qualifies as one! Sometimes fracas means the large amount of outraged discussion that an event causes. Imagine the fracas if your school decided to ban sneakers!

Definitions of fracas

n a noisy quarrel

affray, altercation
a silly altercation
Type of:
dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle
an angry dispute

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