ruck·​us | \ ˈrə-kəs also ˈrü- or ˈru̇- How to pronounce ruckus (audio) \
plural ruckuses

Definition of ruckus

1 : a noisy fight or disturbance : row, commotion raise/cause/create a ruckus heard a ruckus down the street He went outside to see what all the ruckus was about. The dogs … typically would set off quite a ruckus whenever they heard something in the woods …— Larry Livermore
2 : a state or situation in which many people are angry or upset : fuss, uproar … IHOP recently caused a social media ruckus after announcing it would change its name …— Lauren Delgado … the county's GOP is embroiled in a lively legal ruckus over an attempt to seize control of the party.— Charles Burress

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Synonyms for ruckus


affray [chiefly British], brawl, broil, donnybrook, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), rough-and-tumble, row, ruction

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Examples of ruckus in a Sentence

the ruckus left one person with a sprained wrist quit creating such a ruckus—I'm trying to sleep!

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In other news from past summers, bugs, hogs, parking meters, dust, flies, and manure have made historic appearances in the city and caused quite a ruckus. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: ‘Westminster and The Recreation Problem’ a recurring theme addressed by local newspapers," 12 July 2019 The singer Patrick Stickles boasts a rabid-badger snarl, and his band’s ruckus is worthy of both humming along to and kicking walls to. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Political Punk Rock That Protests Its Own Singer," 21 June 2019 But there was one aspect of it that caused a ruckus in the House Beautiful Slack room: the kitchen island. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why Are Oversized Islands a Thing?," 6 June 2019 The president wrapping up another ruckus rally, just a short while ago amidst new bad blood between the U.S. and the media. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: Not sure media is relevant, consequential," 3 Aug. 2018 The pair were involved in a heated argument after Kessie was substituted during the loss to Inter in March and the Ivorian met with then Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso to discuss the ruckus., "Milan 'Willing to Listen' to Offers for Star Midfielder Franck Kessie Amid Premier League Interest," 9 June 2019 Drew Davison The track has to build around its staple races such as IndyCar and the NASCAR trucks, and the off-road ruckus and high-flying trucks seem to catch fans’ attention. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Turn 4: Takeaways from TMS' summer race weekend," 10 June 2018 And Border Patrol agents would easily detect such a ruckus. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, "The Silly Arguments Against a Border Wall," 10 Jan. 2019 Someone over at the confluence of the 15th and 16th greens was creating quite a ruckus, while Tiger was busy eliciting only murmurs and quizzical stares. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' disappointing 75 leaves him too far back at the Masters," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ruckus

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ruckus

probably blend of ruction and rumpus

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The first known use of ruckus was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of ruckus

chiefly US, informal : a noisy argument, fight, etc.


ruck·​us | \ ˈrə-kəs How to pronounce ruckus (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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