Etymology [ fIt ] (verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan (“to fight”), from Proto-Germanic *fehtanan (“to fight”) (cf. West Frisian fjochtsje, Dutch vechten, German fechten), from Proto-Indo-European *peuk̑, *puk̑ (cf. Irish uigim ‘I stitch’, Latin pugnus ‘fist’, Tocharian B pyāk ‘to strike down, batter’, Albanian përpjek ‘I strike’, Ancient Greek πύξ (pyx, “with the fist”), πύκτης (pýktēs, “boxer”)).
Synonyms action, affray, aggression, aggressiveness, altercate, altercation, argue, argument, assault, attack, backbone, bandy with, battle, battle royal, bear arms, belligerence, bicker, boldness, bout, box
Antonyms peace, agree, make peace, surrender, yield, believe, support, uphold
Tenses fights, fighting, fought, fought