brou·​ha·​ha ˈbrü-ˌhä-ˌhä How to pronounce brouhaha (audio)
: hubbub, uproar
A brouhaha erupted over her statements.

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The English language borrowed brouhaha directly from French in the late 18th century, but its origins beyond that are uncertain—not quite the subject of noisy brouhaha but perhaps more modest debate. What’s less arguable is that brouhaha is fun to say, as are many of its synonyms, including hubbub, williwaw, hullabaloo, bobbery, and kerfuffle. And many of these, also like brouhaha, tend to suggest a certain judgment that the reason for all the foofaraw is a bit silly, or at least not worth getting all worked up about. A dad joke, for example, might raise some brouhaha, even though it’s really no reason for an uproar to brew. Haha!

Example Sentences

A brouhaha erupted over her statements about the president. There's been a lot of brouhaha about her statements.
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Word History



First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brouhaha was in 1890


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“Brouhaha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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