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 Even without exercising their vocal cords, sea creatures can cause quite the ruckus with bodily percussion, like slapping the surface of the sea with their flippers or tails. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Scientists Film Wild Grey Seals Clapping to Show Their Strength," 5 Feb. 2020 Boyarsky said he was appointed to the commission by then-City Controller Laura Chick, who asked him to raise a ruckus. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A city councilman is charged with racketeering, and we just yawn. That’s how bad things are," 23 June 2020 Our gravel bar ruckus, however, had put down every fish in the stretch. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 The ruckus coming from behind me, down the mountain slope, was unintelligible except for a few words too explicit for public consumption. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring ptarmigan surveys can be hard work but well worth the effort — and they’re fun," 3 May 2020 Instead there has been much ruckus at City Hall because of who is associated with it. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "In a ‘rural’ SE Dallas neighborhood, worry over 100 new homes, rotten streets and broken promises," 18 Feb. 2020 In Manesar, where the Indian Army runs a quarantine facility, patients created a ruckus for better facilities—an incident that ended with the police being called in to control the situation. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Why are patients fleeing India’s coronavirus isolation wards?," 16 Mar. 2020 His clockless basketball vision — born amid the ruckus of college buddies watching March Madness — was getting ready to play out on basketball's biggest stage. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "NBA All-Star Game's clockless 4th quarter invented by Ball State prof, honors Kobe Bryant," 4 Feb. 2020 Rabbits will race along the edges of old houses and barns, then jet away from the ruckus into easy shotgun range. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Winter Rabbits without Dogs," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Ruckus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ruckus

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


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Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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