ruck·​us | \ˈrə-kəs also ˈrü- or ˈru̇- \

Definition of ruckus 

: row, disturbance raise a ruckus

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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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For example, did YouTube only take another look because people with clout made a ruckus over it? Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Their offspring now fill his Akdong Animal Café, climbing ceiling rafters and causing a ruckus. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 Obviously, the news has caused quite the ruckus on social media. Emily Wang, Glamour, "People Cannot Handle Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's Maybe-Engagement," 27 July 2018 Michael Shannon, playing the brothers’ mysterious rodeo clown father, intones a voice-over about hustling, kicking up a ruckus and the cosmic spirituality of the universe. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Lou Taylor Pucci enlivens wild and wooly 'Poor Boy'," 12 July 2018 The ruckus has a public obstacle course where fans can drive their own off-road vehicles on, plus Monster Truck exhibitions and various promotional giveaways. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "More than just races: TMS thinks outside the box, so why not A&M-Texas football?," 5 June 2018 Responding officers checked things out and discovered what caused the ruckus: A painting had fallen off the wall. Emily Sweeney,, "The last thing you want to happen at a gas station," 6 Apr. 2018 The government’s position, contrary to Trump’s promises to preserve such popular protections, surprised even the administration’s allies in Congress and kicked up a political ruckus. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Broad health-care coalition opposes administration stance in anti-ACA lawsuit," 14 June 2018 Started at North Carolina but was suspended after a fraternity-house ruckus. Nora Princiotti,, "Scouting the 2018 NFL Draft, position by position," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ruckus

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruckus

probably blend of ruction and rumpus

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The first known use of ruckus was circa 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of ruckus

: a noisy argument, fight, etc.


ruck·​us | \ˈrə-kəs \

Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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