hul·​la·​ba·​loo ˈhə-lə-bə-ˌlü How to pronounce hullabaloo (audio)
plural hullabaloos
informal : a loud, continued noise or mixture of noises : din
Why do roosters crow? If they're like insects and frogs, that hullabaloo is an ad for a mate …Discover
Somebody heard the splash and they raised an awful hullabaloo. 'He's gone! Lower the boats! …'Joseph Conrad
… Hunt and her pack of highly trained dogs set off a hellacious hullabaloo, yelling and barking, discharging firecrackers …Christine Paige
informal : a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance : uproar, fuss
Would there be such a hullabaloo about the violence in her books if they had been written by a man?Laura Z. Hobson
Sunday was a big day for the Philadelphia Phillies mascot … . It was his 40th birthday, and there was a big hullabaloo.Liz Roscher
There's been a lot of hullabaloo recently about the effects that grapefruit can have on certain meds.Chanie Kirschner
When I heard the series would finally be available to stream on Hulu, I decided to finally see what all the hullabaloo was about.Josh Sorokach

Examples of hullabaloo in a Sentence

The announcement caused quite a hullabaloo. The announcement caused a lot of hullabaloo. There was a hullabaloo over his controversial statements. There was a lot of hullabaloo over his controversial statements.
Recent Examples on the Web But several present suggest the hullabaloo was at best confusing and at worst absurd. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2024 In a coda to the universe-hopping hullabaloo, Jo finds Alice A in the snow and starts performing CPR. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 20 Mar. 2024 That book, inciter of hullabaloo and produced in private by a thirty-four-year-old junior professor, is itself now thirty-four years old. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2024 Perhaps after all the hullabaloo online, Kensington Palace went to extreme lengths to ensure there were no photos of this latest outing? Sam Reed, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for hullabaloo 

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Word History


perhaps from hallo + Scots balloo, interjection used to hush children

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hullabaloo was in 1762

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“Hullabaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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hul·​la·​ba·​loo ˈhəl-ə-bə-ˌlü How to pronounce hullabaloo (audio)
plural hullabaloos
informal : uproar, din

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