Synonyms of tussle in English:


See definition of tussle


1‘in the ensuing tussle his glasses were smashed’


scuffle, fight, struggle, skirmish, brawl, scrimmage, scramble, scrum, fisticuffs, wrestling match, rough and tumble, free-for-all, fracas, fray, rumpus, melee, disturbance

Australian North American Irish donnybrook

dated affray

informal scrap, dust-up, punch-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, run-in, spat, ruck, ruckus

British informal ding-dong, bust-up, bit of argy-bargy

British informal afters

Scottish informal rammy, swedge

North American informal roughhouse

Australian NZ informal stoush

archaic broil, miff

2‘an acrimonious tussle between the two departments’


argument, quarrel, squabble, contretemps, disagreement, contention, clash, war of words

British informal row


1‘demonstrators tussled with police’


scuffle, fight, struggle, exchange blows, come to blows, brawl, grapple, wrestle, clash, scrimmage

informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a punch-up, have a set-to

North American informal rough-house