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brawler n : a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)

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English

Noun

  1. One who brawls, engages in noisy, unseemly fights.
    1604 The world hath noted, and your name is great
    In mouths of wisest censure: what's the matter,
    That you unlace your reputation thus
    And spend your rich opinion for the name
    Of a night-brawler? give me answer to it.
    — Shakespeare, Othello, [[s:http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Tragedy_of_Othello%2C_The_Moor_of_Venice#ACT_2._SCENE_III.__A_hall_in_the_castle.|Act 2 Scene 3]].
    1611 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
    Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
    One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
    (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) — 1 Timothy 3:2-5, KJV.

Translations

one who brawls
  • Finnish: rähinöitsijä, tappelupukari

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