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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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!
Recent Examples on the Web Both Gearhart and Bodhi raised a ruckus and the bear ran out through the picture window. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 July 2021 All of the ruckus can be heard inside the restaurant. New York Times, 26 July 2021 Never in history, probably, has a private-intelligence caper caused such a public ruckus. Paul Starobin, Wired, 17 July 2021 Why do those messages cause a ruckus among some drivers? Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The project caused such a ruckus for Champlain Tower residents that, in January 2019, a member of the board reached out to Surfside officials, according to records released by the city. Laura Romero, ABC News, 1 July 2021 Of course, the Long Boy hears the ruckus and goes after Lisey and Scott. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 25 June 2021 Eventually, things get worked out, presumably, and the ruckus falls by the wayside. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 25 June 2021 River’s matriculation at Bourne Memorial High School causes a ruckus among the local youths, who early on give him regular beatings. Washington Post, 22 June 2021

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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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2 Aug 2021

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“Ruckus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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