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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web How the conversation around lead in Stanleys started The latest hubbub was sparked by Tamara Rubin, founder of Lead Safe Mama, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about lead poisoning and reporting on lead-safe choices for consumers. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 1 Feb. 2024 Amid the hubbub of urban life, silence is a luxury of the rich. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 After the hubbub of Cerra, walk or take a taxi to the secluded tapas bar Primitivo, in the Miramar neighborhood nearby. Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Her parents came from big families, and her cousins often came over, adding to the hubbub. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 Once a hubbub of screaming floor brokers and countless sheets of paper strewn on the ground, much of the trading is now electronic in NYSE’s hybrid market. Krystal Hur, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Given the passion of the community, neither Mr. Bernal nor Mr. Goulet was surprised that Lamy’s reintroduction of Dark Lilac caused such a hubbub. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Despite all the people, the Grove felt separate and tranquil, with only a smattering of guests, uninterrupted views of the ocean, wait-less and higher-quality food, less boisterous background music, and pleasant glimpses down into the ship’s hubbub. Brett Berk, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 Then, somewhere in the hubbub and the hobnobbing, there’s Diana, Princess of Wales. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hubbub was in 1555

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“Hubbub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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hub·​bub ˈhəb-ˌəb How to pronounce hubbub (audio)

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