Definition of brannigan in English:

brannigan

(also branigan)

noun

North American
informal
  • A brawl or violent argument.

    • ‘He remembered a violent brannigan they'd had because he'd kidded her cruelly one night about her ‘rust-proof furniture’.’
    • ‘The youngs and the olds have different opinions, so they can have a brannigan.’
    • ‘We had a brannigan about this at the Caughey home one night.’
    • ‘My boss and the Senator of West Virginia got into a brannigan over who grew up in the family that had the smallest outhouse.’
    brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbance
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Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps from the surname Brannigan.

Pronunciation

brannigan

/ˈbranɪɡ(ə)n/