AskDefine | Define brawler

Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



  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:|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.


one who brawls
  • Finnish: rähinöitsijä, tappelupukari

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1