hoop·​la | \ ˈhü-ˌplä How to pronounce hoopla (audio) , ˈhu̇- How to pronounce hoopla (audio) \

Definition of hoopla

: to-do also : ballyhoo

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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.

Examples of hoopla in a Sentence

Many people have grown tired of all the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new theater. for all of the hoopla, very little news emerged from the governor's press conference
Recent Examples on the Web Armada said Palmer was a bit surprised by the hoopla. cleveland, "Berea police, fire wish nursing home resident a Happy 100th Birthday: Community Voices," 18 May 2020 So for all of the hoopla about the growth in e-commerce, the vast majority of retail happens in physical stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why e-commerce won’t save retailers from the coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 There was concern if all of this hoopla could be pulled off. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "For 2021, Indianapolis wants to redefine how NBA looks at All-Star Weekend," 15 Feb. 2020 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, however, could never quite understand why his detective stories excited such hoopla. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020 As in Iowa, college students were around to observe the hoopla before the primary. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Buttigieg and Sanders vie for the heart of Democratic voters in New Hampshire," 11 Feb. 2020 For all the hoopla, the trial ended in a hung jury. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Despite all the Hollywood hoopla around the Oscars, this past weekend was a pretty slow one for moviegoers. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 The Fox television network is broadcasting the Super Bowl and some of the surrounding hoopla, including a pre-game interview with Trump. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "President Donald Trump's first-of-its-kind Super Bowl campaign ad stresses economy," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hoopla

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoopla

French houp-là, interjection

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23 May 2020

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“Hoopla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopla. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoopla

chiefly US, informal + usually disapproving : talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about and interested in something

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