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 Schauffele finished one shot back in a tie for second, but was largely forgotten in the hoopla over Tiger's 15th major title. Paul Newberry, ajc, "X-Man's Agony: Another close call in major for Schauffele," 12 Apr. 2021 Kardashian responded to all the hoopla by sharing unmanipulated video and a photo of her body and explained that constant scrutiny and criticism of her has been damaging. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Celebs getting a taste of wine success," 8 Apr. 2021 With the hoopla of the introductory press conference over, Smart has plenty of work to do. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette was won over by Shaka Smart's leadership skills. Now the new coach has work to do.," 29 Mar. 2021 Of all the hoopla of the pre-draft process — the Senior Bowl, Combine, pro days, interviews — the medical component ranks right at the top in terms of importance. BostonGlobe.com, "Getting hands-on medical examinations is not so easy in this year’s NFL Draft," 10 Apr. 2021 The hoopla was intended to encourage citizens of other European countries who live in Britain to register for the ballot. The Economist, "Ballot boxing Britain struggles to define who should get the vote," 20 Mar. 2021 This is nice for A-list actors who prefer to promote films without so much hoopla and personal talk. New York Times, "When the Publicists Are Away, the Stars Will Play," 26 Mar. 2021 The hoopla surrounding the draft – a three-day extravaganza wrapped around the selections of NFL teams – will include multiple venues, including FirstEnergy Stadium and North Coast Harbor. Marc Bona, cleveland, "NFL Draft impact seen as ‘blessing’ for downtown Cleveland bars, restaurants -- and a boon to local foodies, with food trucks, dining deals & more," 23 Mar. 2021 She won’t be confused with a Missouri senator Harris, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, is used to some of this hoopla. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Kamala Harris enters a supermarket — and a security bubble," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Hoopla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopla. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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