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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But lost in all of that hullabaloo is a pretty solid music lineup that’s headlined by a couple of national touring acts. Chip Mccabe,, "The best bands and music you’ll hear at this year’s country fairs," 30 July 2019 Recommendations: Arielle recommends staying on top of the latest online hullabaloo by going to Reddit’s r/outoftheloop subreddit. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Twitter’s Redesign Is Impressive. Is It Enough?," 19 July 2019 The hullabaloo couldn’t, however, erase the impression of a Kamala Harris the public had never before seen, or the tone of her self-pitying attack on Mr. Biden that went back decades to the busing era. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "Kamala Harris’s Debate Victory Proves Pyrrhic," 10 July 2019 Like a February snowstorm, the Chicago Auto Show blew into town with great hullabaloo then seemed to fade. Robert Duffer,, "Chicago Auto Show winners and losers," 16 Feb. 2018 Pregame questions were not raised and no homecoming hullabaloo was harbored for the 24-year-old righthander who ended a magnificent month. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Lance McCullers thwarts his hometown Rays in Astros' shutout win," 28 June 2018 There was no mention of last week's embarrassing jacket hullabaloo. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "First lady Melania Trump wears palazzo pants, but no snarky jacket, on new border visit," 28 June 2018 The five, for all the hullabaloo about pardons, that's all Donald Trump has had. Fox News, "Odd-man out? President Trump talks trade, tariffs at the G7 summit," 9 June 2018 Same with minimizing the hullabaloo around those parts of the competition during the live broadcast. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Case For Miss America's Swimsuit Competition," 6 June 2018

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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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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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