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

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 Everyone ducks for cover, lids of trash cans are deployed as shields, and Buddy’s mother (Caitríona Balfe) has to rush through the hullabaloo to rescue her son. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2021 And there was lots of hullabaloo around that happenstance. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 In Topsfield, Kaitlyn Kelley, 31, of Cambridge, said the hullabaloo at the fair distracted the dozen or so members of her family from the need to wear masks for an afternoon., 2 Oct. 2021 All the previous hullabaloo is for nothing, and the rest of the house sticks together to vote Christian out of the house. Kyle Fowle,, 13 Aug. 2021 There was a big hullabaloo in Hooper, Neb., several years ago when the Nebraska Department of Roads, citing the lack of a permit, removed the banner on Highway 275 honoring Jordan Larson as an Olympian. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Of course, when other towns and cities, including New York, are dealing with huge declines in tax revenue, the hullabaloo over a parking app can feel trivial, a first-world problem of the highest order. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Unfortunately for WhatsApp, the initial hullabaloo already spread great distrust. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2021 All that Trumpian hullabaloo shaved a negligible $1.6 billion from the trade deficit with China. Joe Nocera Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, 13 Oct. 2020

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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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“Hullabaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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