What does the word brawl mean?

Usage examples for brawl

  1. In a larger book the story of the brawl in which Pynson's head came so nigh to being broken, or of John Rastell's suit against the theatrical costumier who impounded the dresses used in his private theatre, would form pleasant digressions, but in a sketch of a large subject there is no room for digressions, and these personal incidents have been sternly ignored by their discoverer. – A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898 by Henry R. Plomer
  2. Some day, when a favourite is cut in a brawl or cheated at cards, they'll shoot up the place. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  3. " I'm allowing that you can't afford to raise a brawl, Amateur," he said, deliberately. – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis