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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahy-ting]
    • /ˈfaɪ tɪŋ/
    • /ˈfaɪ.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahy-ting]
    • /ˈfaɪ tɪŋ/

Definitions of fighting word

  • adjective fighting fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape. 1
  • adjective fighting tending or meant to stir up a fight or hostility: fighting words. 1
  • noun fighting a battle or combat. 1
  • noun fighting any contest or struggle: a fight for recovery from an illness. 1
  • noun fighting an angry argument or disagreement: Whenever we discuss politics, we end up in a fight. 1
  • noun fighting Boxing. a bout or contest. 1

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Origin of fighting

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at fight, -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fighting


fighting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fighting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fighting

adj fighting

  • hostile — of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation.
  • belligerent — A belligerent person is hostile and aggressive.
  • boxing — Boxing is a sport in which two people wearing large padded gloves fight according to special rules.
  • militant — vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
  • martial — inclined or disposed to war; warlike: The ancient Romans were a martial people.

noun fighting

  • warfare — the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war.
  • riot — a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.
  • hostility — a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
  • scuffle — to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.
  • strife — vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.

adjective fighting

  • rebellious — defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
  • struggling — to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
  • warlike — fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial: a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
  • contending — competing; opposed
  • disputative — Tending to dispute.

Antonyms for fighting

adj fighting

  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • peaceful — characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful reign; a peaceful demonstration.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.

noun fighting

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • accord — An accord between countries or groups of people is a formal agreement, for example to end a war.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.

adjective fighting

  • pacifist — a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.

Top questions with fighting

  • why are batman and superman fighting?
  • why is batman fighting superman?
  • who is fighting tonight?
  • who is mayweather fighting next?

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