hoopla

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noun hoop·la \ˈhü-ˌplä, ˈhu̇-\

Definition of hoopla

  1. :  to-do; also :  ballyhoo

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Examples of hoopla in a sentence

  1. Many people have grown tired of all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new theater.

  2. for all of the hoopla, very little news emerged from the governor's press conference

Did You Know?

In French, the interjection houp-là is used roughly the same way as English's upsy-daisy or whoops-a-daisy, as one might say when picking up a child. (This usage can be found in English, too, in such works as Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons and James Joyce’s Ulysses.) In the early 20th century, the word, playing on the syllable hoop, gave its name to a ring-toss game played at carnivals. But before that, hoopla was used in American English to refer to a kind of bustling commotion, and later, as a term for sensationalist hype.

Origin and Etymology of hoopla

French houp-là, interjection


First Known Use: 1877


HOOPLA Defined for English Language Learners

hoopla

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noun hoop·la \ˈhü-ˌplä, ˈhu̇-\

Definition of hoopla for English Language Learners

  • : talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about and interested in something



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