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 Unfortunately for WhatsApp, the initial hullabaloo already spread great distrust. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "WhatsApp won’t stop asking Indians to “accept” its privacy policy," 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, "Trump didn't save coal or steel. To be fair, no one could.," 13 Oct. 2020 Steve played the title role of a father who resisted letting go of his daughter and misplaced all of those difficult emotions into fighting the cost and hullabaloo that goes into making a wedding. Nancy Meyers, New York Times, "‘Father of the Bride,’ the Pandemic and Me," 25 Sep. 2020 In the middle of this hullabaloo, a wild infant Borgia appeared. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 The ensuing hullabaloo, although packed with twists, setbacks and a bizarrely unfunny cameo by Bill Irwin, has its roots in reality. cleveland, "Jon Stewart’s off-key political comedy, starring Steve Carell, is far from ‘Irresistible’," 25 June 2020 Despite all of the hullabaloo of the past few days, the Twitter Presidency is likely to continue. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Phony War with Twitter Escalates," 29 May 2020 Amid all the hullabaloo in Ahmedabad over the high-profile visit, the sprawling riverside venue remained an oasis of peace. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Gandhi’s former Sabarmati home remained a sanctuary of calm amid Trump’s visit," 24 Feb. 2020 Stay tuned after all the football hullabaloo to see a new lineup of mystery celebrities singing in wacky costumes — with guest judge Jamie Foxx! Tyler Aquilina,, "When to watch J. Lo perform, and everything else you need to know about Super Bowl LIV," 31 Jan. 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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26 Mar 2021

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“Hullabaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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