hul·​la·​ba·​loo | \ ˈhə-lə-bə-ˌlü How to pronounce hullabaloo (audio) \
plural hullabaloos

Definition of hullabaloo

1 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
2 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web All-female panel Expect a lot of hullabaloo (rightly) about the historic fact the this debate will be the first this cycle featuring an all-female panel of moderators., "take the debate stage Wednesday night," 20 Nov. 2019 This started a sort of hullabaloo between all players on the ice. Richard Morin, azcentral, "'Security guard' Darcy Kuemper wins brawl, leads Coyotes to win over Flames," 16 Nov. 2019 Not technically part of the national SantaCon hullabaloo – and billed, in fact, as a SantaCon alternative – this costumed Santa bar crawl will spill into eight bars in Fort Lauderdale’s bustling Flagler Village. Phillip Valys,, "SantaCon’s tipsy Santas are stumbling to town in Fort Lauderdale and Miami," 6 Dec. 2019 That team would then need to give Ramsey a new contract or go through the same hullabaloo the Jags did, only in an accelerated timeline. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "The Deets: Why Jalen Ramsey will not be coming to the Bay," 18 Sep. 2019 All that recent hullabaloo about Popeye’s sure seemed silly after taking in the chicken sandwich served here, creatively named the Fattchick ($6.50, available fried or grilled). Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Fattboy Burgers and Dogs," 4 Oct. 2019 That’s just par for the course for Phish fans, who braved some travel headaches, health hazards and housing hullabaloo for the jam band’s annual Labor Day weekend shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Phish fans brave plague-related drama for Labor Day weekend shows," 30 Aug. 2019 The world #1 has a physique atypical for a weekend duffer -- hence all the hullabaloo. David Close, CNN, "Weekend sports guide: College football is back and Little League and PGA Tour crown champions," 23 Aug. 2019 Catalin Voss started building software for Google Glass in 2013, not long after Google unveiled the computerized eyewear amid much hullabaloo from the national media. Cade Metz, New York Times, "Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of hullabaloo

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hullabaloo

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

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The first known use of hullabaloo was in 1762

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23 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hullabaloo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hullabaloo

: a very noisy and confused situation
: a situation in which many people are upset and angry about something


hul·​la·​ba·​loo | \ ˈhə-lə-bə-ˌlü How to pronounce hullabaloo (audio) \
plural hullabaloos

Kids Definition of hullabaloo

: a confused noise : uproar, commotion

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