What does affray mean?

Definitions for affrayəˈfreɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word affray.

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

  7. Origin: [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. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Affray

    af-frā′, n. a fight causing alarm: a brawl or fray: terror (Spens.).—v.t. to startle: to frighten: esp. in pa.p. Affrayed′ = afraid. [O. Fr. afrayer, esfreer (Fr. effrayer)—Low L. exfrediāre, to break the king's peace—L. ex, and Old High Ger. fridu (Ger. friede), peace.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affray in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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