brawler (plural brawlers)

  1. One who brawls, engages in noisy, unseemly fights.
    • 1604 Shakespeare, Othello, Act 2 Scene 3.
      ''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.
      ''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.
  2. (video games, informal) A beat 'em up game.
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