Definitions for affrayəˈfreɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl.

  2. (v.t.)Archaic. to frighten.

Origin of affray:

1275–1325; ME < AF afrayer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affray, altercation, fracas(noun)

    noisy quarrel

  2. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(noun)

    a noisy fight


  1. affray(Noun)

    The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.

  2. affray(Noun)

    A tumultuous assault or quarrel.

  3. affray(Noun)

    The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

    The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder.

  4. affray(Verb)

    To startle from quiet; to alarm.

  5. affray(Verb)

    To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affray(verb)

    to startle from quiet; to alarm

  2. Affray(verb)

    to frighten; to scare; to frighten away

  3. Affray(verb)

    the act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack

  4. Affray(verb)

    alarm; terror; fright

  5. Affray(verb)

    a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray

  6. Affray(verb)

    the fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others


  1. Affray

    In many legal jurisdictions related to English common law, affray is a public order offence consisting of the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror of ordinary people. Depending on their actions, and the laws of the prevailing jurisdiction, those engaged in an affray may also render themselves liable to prosecution for assault, unlawful assembly, or riot; if so, it is for one of these offences that they are usually charged.


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