3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Affray \Af*fray"\, verb (used with an object) [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.] [Archaic]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Affray \Af*fray"\, noun [OE. afrai, affrai, OF. esfrei, F. effroi, fr. OF. esfreer. See {Affray}, verb (used with an object)]

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 affray.

Syn: Quarrel; brawl; scuffle; encounter; fight; contest; feud; tumult; disturbance.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: noisy quarrel [syn: {affray}, {altercation}, {fracas}]

2: a noisy fight [syn: {affray}, {disturbance}, {fray}, {ruffle}]

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