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

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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 There was a pleasing hubbub of conversation, a cadre of neatly aproned cooks and servers, and a smart but soothing palette of black, gray and white. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Culinary Couple Who Built a British Empire," 18 Feb. 2020 But now, amid the coronavirus outbreak, with no elective surgeries and no visitors allowed, the typical hubbub has slowed. Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star, "Fighting a war against the enemy you can't see: How VA Medical Center battles coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 Noisy streets have become eerily quiet, overcrowded buses and trains have stopped running, bustling markets have shut down, politics and protests have been suspended, and the collective hubbub of conversation has died out. Sunaina Kumar, The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s lockdown: Where community is prized, isolation proves tough," 7 Apr. 2020 Bring your pup and cruise the hubbub of the Dairy Arts Center and the East End’s DIY maker spaces in one day. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Spring Break Impacted by Coronavirus Concerns? Here Are 16 Outdoorsy Day Trips to Take Instead," 11 Mar. 2020 The latest hubbub came this week courtesy of Pro Football Focus, the respected analytics website that had the audacity to rank Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky 26th at the position. David Haugh,, "Column: The Bears can be great in 2019 if Mitch Trubisky is merely good," 22 Aug. 2019 All of that hubbub requires a lot of power for the Linc and other NFL stadiums. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "The Philadelphia Eagles are driving the NFL toward a greener future," 16 Jan. 2020 When the paper came out in April, there was so much hubbub about it. Jessica Ravitz, Smithsonian, "Honoring the Legacy of Brian Sorrentino," 9 Dec. 2019 When the hubbub dies down, the weird stuff starts happening. G. Allen Johnson,, "Review: Nicolas Cage is the best special effect in ‘Color Out of Space’," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of hubbub was in 1555

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20 May 2020

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“Hubbub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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


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