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 The hope is that the loud, potentially distracting ruckus will prepare the Bearcats for the chaotic scene that is expected to greet them Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2022 At the time, Griner’s Mercury teammates were following the lead of her advisers, who had decided to stay low-key and not raise a ruckus that might draw Putin’s ire. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 8 July 2022 The film quickly rolls through his early days as a rising star in the 1950s, as Parker convinces Elvis to take him on as manager, and the singer causes enough of a ruckus that getting drafted into the Army is a decent PR move. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 June 2022 Compared to a conventional internal-combustion vehicle, an EV's fewer moving parts, lack of exhaust ruckus, and firewall of computerized insulation limit its avenues for excitement. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 24 May 2022 Traveling by plane in 2016 with Bleick and young Arthur, Blair combined wine and Ambien and raised a real ruckus before passing out. Jennifer Larue, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 Even that might not be enough, just listen to the man who started all this ruckus. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 Otherwise, the 8,502 in attendance weren’t exactly making a ruckus as No. 9 national seed Texas and Louisiana Tech dueled in the NCAA Tournament Austin Regional winners’ bracket. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2022 Our reporters talk quietly to families far from the ruckus. Liz Vaccariello,, 1 June 2022 See More

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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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7 Sep 2022

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“Ruckus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel


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