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NOUN (2)

1. noisy quarrel;
[syn: affray, altercation, fracas]

2. a noisy fight;
[syn: affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Affray \Af*fray"\, v. t. [p. p. Affrayed.] [OE. afraien, affraien, OF. effreer, esfreer, F. effrayer, orig. to disquiet, put out of peace, fr. L. ex + OHG. fridu peace (akin to E. free). Cf. Afraid, Fray, Frith inclosure.] [Archaic] 1. To startle from quiet; to alarm. [1913 Webster] Smale foules a great heap That had afrayed [affrayed] me out of my sleep. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away. [1913 Webster] That voice doth us affray. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Affray \Af*fray"\, n. [OE. afrai, affrai, OF. esfrei, F. effroi, fr. OF. esfreer. See Affray, v. t.] 1. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Alarm; terror; fright. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray. "In the very midst of the affray." --Motley. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] Note: A fighting in private is not, in a legal sense, an affray. [1913 Webster] Syn: Quarrel; brawl; scuffle; encounter; fight; contest; feud; tumult; disturbance. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

affray n 1: noisy quarrel [syn: affray, altercation, fracas] 2: a noisy fight [syn: affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle]