Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: don·ny·brook
Pronunciation: /ˈdänēˌbro͝ok

Definition of donnybrook in English:


North American & Australian/New Zealand
A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument: raucous ideological donnybrooks
More example sentences
  • People were accused of entering into the donnybrook without experience, knowledge, good faith, rationality, sobriety or even their own hitherto recognisable identities.
  • It will be interesting to see whether the ‘public use’ issue becomes a factor in the donnybrook that is brewing over the next Supreme Court nominee.
  • He was more upbeat, feeling the donnybrook had cleared the air.


mid 19th century: from the name of a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, formerly famous for its annual fair.

Words that rhyme with donnybrook


Definition of donnybrook in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

More on donnybrook

Nearby words

Translate donnybrook

into Spanish
Word of the day colloquy
Pronunciation: ˈkäləˌkwē
a conversation