variants or less commonly hoo-hah
: a state or condition of excitement, agitation, or disturbance : commotion, uproar
… she wore the jacket again … —wore it unapologetically knowing all the hoo-ha it had caused …Vanessa Friedman
"I remember one time there was a big hoo-hah about a rare bird."Lee Child

Word History


probably from Yiddish hu-ha uproar, exclamation of surprise

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoo-ha was in 1931

Dictionary Entries Near hoo-ha

Cite this Entry

“Hoo-ha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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