Definitions for: Affray

[n] a noisy fight
[n] noisy quarrel

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. To startle from quiet; to alarm.

Smale foules a great heap That had afrayed
[affrayed] me out of my sleep. --Chaucer.

2. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

That voice doth us affray. --Shak.

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.]

2. Alarm; terror; fright. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray. ``In the
very midst of the affray.'' --Motley.

4. (Law) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public
place, to the terror of others. --Blackstone.

Note: A fighting in private is not, in a legal sense, an

Syn: Quarrel; brawl; scuffle; encounter; fight; contest;
feud; tumult; disturbance.

Synonyms: altercation, disturbance, fracas, fray, ruffle

See Also: batrachomyomachia, combat, dustup, fight, fighting, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle

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