from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a brawling or quarrelsome manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a brawling manner.

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  • adverb In a brawling manner.


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brawling +‎ -ly


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  • That he should mistake Bolt for an Englishman was natural enough, and the fact had an influence in again unsettling his opinion as to the real flag under which the lugger sailed, Like most Italians of that day, he regarded all the families of the northern hordes as a species of barbarians -- an opinion that the air and deportment of Ithuel had no direct agency in changing; for, while this singular being was not brawlingly rude and vulgar, like the coarser set of his own countrymen, with whom he had occasionally been brought in contact, he was so manifestly uncivilized in many material points, as to put his claim to gentility much beyond a cavil, and that in a negative way.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet James Fenimore Cooper 1820


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