noun hul·la·ba·loo \ˈhə-lə-bə-ˌlü\

: a very noisy and confused situation

: a situation in which many people are upset and angry about something

plural hul·la·ba·loos

Full Definition of HULLABALOO

:  din; also :  uproar

Examples of HULLABALOO

  1. The announcement caused quite a hullabaloo.
  2. The announcement caused a lot of hullabaloo.
  3. There was a hullabaloo over his controversial statements.
  4. There was a lot of hullabaloo over his controversial statements.


perhaps from hallo + Scots balloo, interjection used to hush children
First Known Use: 1762
HULLABALOO Defined for Kids


noun hul·la·ba·loo \ˈhə-lə-bə-ˌlü\
plural hul·la·ba·loos

Definition of HULLABALOO for Kids

:  a confused noise :  uproar, commotion


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