hub·​bub | \ ˈhə-ˌbəb How to pronounce hubbub (audio) \

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Examples of hubbub in a Sentence

All the hubbub in the airport made it hard to hear the flight announcements. the hubbub surrounding the film star We went to the country to escape the hubbub of the city. What's all the hubbub about?
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Recent Examples on the Web In the program’s opening days, Iraqis lined up outside medical facilities in a hubbub of chatter. Washington Post, "For an Iraqi doctor, vaccination is bittersweet. It didn’t come in time for her father.," 30 Mar. 2021 The production is a truly a spectacle — aerialists spin, a stilt walker bobs, ribbons twirl, tap dancers hoof it — but director J. Marie Bailey ensures that the title character’s journey to adulthood isn’t lost among the hubbub. Matthew J. Palm,, "Gender-swapping razzle dazzle in Osceola Arts’ ‘Pippin’ | Review," 11 Apr. 2021 Above the hubbub, Father Amjad called on his congregation to walk in pairs. New York Times, "‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem," 3 Apr. 2021 The status of the linebacker position: Like at wide receiver, there has been some recent hubbub at linebacker, where Alabama transfer Brandon Kaho committed to Utah, backed off that commitment, and has since pledged to UCLA. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah football spring practice starts Monday. Here are five things we’re paying attention to," 14 Mar. 2021 Olson opted to take her 24-hour rest in Ophir in part to avoid the distractions and hubbub of the more crowded checkpoint in McGrath. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "As the Iditarod prepares to shift into reverse, mushers dread what’s ahead," 11 Mar. 2021 There was also a hubbub in 1989, when the full-block complex was completed with a pair of 24-story residential towers on the south half of the block and a snug mid-block courtyard in between the old and new. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "A San Francisco fountain trickles to a halt, a victim of changing times," 16 Feb. 2021 Acres of space, none of the hubbub of San Francisco, allowing Matt to remain as focussed on his job as ever while enjoying his love of outdoor sports. Tim Lai, Forbes, "How One Tech VP Kept His Job And Saved His Family Farm From Bankruptcy, All From An RV.," 11 Mar. 2021 Either way, the hubbub has illustrated not just the trial and error that is at the heart of the scientific method but also the way the universe keeps finding new ways to throw curve balls at those who try to figure it out. The Editors, Scientific American, "Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014," 12 Dec. 2014

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First Known Use of hubbub

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hubbub

perhaps of Irish origin; akin to Scottish Gaelic ub ub, interjection of contempt

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3 May 2021

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“Hubbub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hubbub

: a loud mixture of sound or voices
: a situation in which there is much noise, confusion, excitement, and activity


hub·​bub | \ ˈhə-ˌbəb How to pronounce hubbub (audio) \

Kids Definition of hubbub

: uproar

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