Definition of donnybrook in English:


Syllabification: don·ny·brook
Pronunciation: /ˈdänēˌbro͝ok


North American & Australian/New Zealand
A scene of uproar and disorder; a heated argument: raucous ideological donnybrooks
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  • 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.

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