1. (noun) A noisy, chaotic, or rowdy brawl or dispute. It often refers to a situation that has descended into a heated argument, a physical fight, or a general state of confusion and disorder.


The political debate quickly turned into a donnybrook, with candidates shouting over each other and trading personal insults instead of discussing the issues at hand.

Fun Fact

The term “donnybrook” originated from the notorious Donnybrook Fair, an annual event in Dublin, Ireland, known for its drunken revelry and brawling. The fair’s reputation for chaos and disorder led to the word “donnybrook” being used to describe any rowdy or disorderly situation.