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Meaning of AFFRAY

Pronunciation:  u'frey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a noisy fight
  2. [n]  noisy quarrel

AFFRAY is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: altercation, disturbance, fracas, fray, ruffle
 See Also: batrachomyomachia, combat, dustup, fight, fighting, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Af*fray"\, v. t. [p. p. {Affrayed}.] [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. To startle from quiet; to alarm.
             Smale foules a great heap That had afrayed
             [affrayed] me out of my sleep.        --Chaucer.
    2. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.
             That voice doth us affray.            --Shak.
  2. \Af*fray"\, n. [OE. afrai, affrai, OF. esfrei, F. effroi,
    fr. OF. esfreer. See {Affray}, v. t.]
    1. The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or
       attack. [Obs.]
    2. Alarm; terror; fright. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    3. A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray. ``In the
       very midst of the affray.'' --Motley.
    4. (Law) The fighting of two or more persons, in a public
       place, to the terror of others. --Blackstone.
    Note: A fighting in private is not, in a legal sense, an
    Syn: Quarrel; brawl; scuffle; encounter; fight; contest;
         feud; tumult; disturbance.