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

Definition of hoopla

1 chiefly US, informal + often disapproving : excited or agitated commotion or activity : bustle … make sure that children who have birthdays around the holidays don't get their birthday celebration lost in the holiday hoopla.— Samara Kalk Derby Seville is a place that offers many artists who call it home a chance to work quietly, away from the hoopla of Madrid.— Deborah Gimelson The reality star who each year makes a big hoopla as she turns one year older …— Rebecca Cukier also : agitated, excited, or angry discussion : fuss … despite all the hoopla about susceptibility of automobile companies to … hacking, this is yet another … exploit that (would have) required hands-on intervention to succeed. — David Booth
2 chiefly US, informal + often disapproving : extravagant promotion or publicity : ballyhoo Watch out for hoopla surrounding the fourth Batman movie, which hits theaters this summer.Zillions The November arrival of the nouveau on these shores … was accompanied by the normal amount of hoopla and hype intended to whip up consumer interest in the young wine.— Terry Robards also : an event or occasion featuring hoopla Music fans have become incredibly savvy about the big live hooplas and announcements … — Jim Carroll "San Diego [Comic Con] is a big hoopla," [Alan] Pamoleras said … — Jessica Dolcourt

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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.) When the word was borrowed into American English, however, it was to refer to a kind of bustling commotion, and later, as a term for sensationalist hype. In the early 20th century, another hoopla was in use as well. Playing on the syllable hoop, that word gave its name to a ring-toss game played at carnivals.

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 In Pattinson, the producers have found a Dark Knight worthy of the hoopla, while creating a Gotham much in need of him. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 After beating Marquette in the first round, UNC beat defending national champion Baylor, took out another reigning Final Four participant in UCLA and weathered the hype and hoopla to edge past Duke before running out of steam against the Jayhawks. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Baker, 19, seemed overwhelmed by the big-league hoopla at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 29 Mar. 2022 Layton recalled the hoopla and excitement when the band formed. Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Jan. 2022 The crowd in New York City was far smaller than the many tens of thousands of revelers who, before the pandemic, descended on the world-famous Times Square to bask in the New Year's Eve lights and hoopla. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 As if his last tournament run needed any more hype and hoopla. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2022 Seems this game keeps getting bigger in its bombastic hoopla. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 Some people will resist all the hoopla, but others will love it. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hoopla

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoopla

French houp-là, interjection

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6 May 2022

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“Hoopla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopla. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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