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

Example Sentences

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 Amid the hullabaloo over hot-button Supreme Court cases such as 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis and talk of ritual animal sacrifice, one religious-liberty issue continues to get overlooked: the conscience rights of the incarcerated. Bobby Miller, National Review, 17 Jan. 2023 The recent hullabaloo was caused by the risky behavior of a few institutions, rather than the collapse of a sector of the economy. Diti Kohli,, 31 Mar. 2023 Whether James is a good enough player to justify the hullabaloo. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2023 But synthetic fabrics have grown to be just as cozy with remarkable technical attributes that are so much more than marketing hullabaloo. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2023 Walker didn't understand all the hullabaloo. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Few could have predicted this kind of hullabaloo. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 6 Nov. 2020 Six games remain and the Bears will have to find deep reserves of concentration and give-a-damn to prevent another lengthy spiral and more hullabaloo. Dan Wiederer,, 26 Nov. 2021 The whole hullabaloo started after the Daily Mail published photos of the pair at a party. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2023 See More

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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 1 Jun. 2023.

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

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