hoop·la | \ˈhü-ˌplä, ˈhu̇- \

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

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The players always focus on their next game instead of the surrounding hoopla, Clark said. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "No. 5-ranked Bearcats facing tough test at Houston," 14 Feb. 2018 Swept up in the hoopla of longshot Loyola’s postseason success, Hunter attended its Sweet 16 victory over Nevada last week. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Catching up with ... former Loyola Chicago and Bullets player Les Hunter," 30 Mar. 2018 The challenge will be to keep the momentum rolling when the hoopla around the announcements fades. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Arrival of Infosys and Seven Stars Raises Hopes For Financial Tech Future Of Hartford Region," 8 July 2018 The hoopla isn't reserved just for giant cruise ship inaugurals. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "You can be part of their maiden voyages," 7 May 2018 After initial hoopla, Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, couldn't sell enough of them and in November wrote down $40 million in unsold inventory. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "We spent the day with Snapchat's revived Spectacles," 27 Apr. 2018 At the summit, Trump will be dealing with a former KGB officer who thinks strategically and masters details, as opposed to the president’s focus on short-term tactics and hoopla. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Analysis: Trump gets his summit with Putin. Watch out! | Trudy Rubin," 27 June 2018 Some in this Southeast Asian city-state, however, consider the occasion as much hoopla as high-stakes diplomacy. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "I’ll Have Atomic Wings! For Singapore Foodies, Trump-Kim Fusion Is the Bomb," 10 June 2018 For all the hoopla, Linton and Kimbrough say change in color from the brown most people associate with Galveston Island is not such an uncommon occurrence. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s blue water was a boon for island business," 6 July 2018

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

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