also  ˈrü-,
ˈru̇- How to pronounce ruckus (audio)
plural ruckuses
: 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
: 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

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 In terms of what started the ruckus, Savannah, 37, went to watch her husband, Lakers star LeBron James, play against the Boston Celtics on Christmas day. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 5 Jan. 2024 Snook herself is ambivalent on the subject — or, perhaps, does not want to spoil the relationship ruckuses that remain in the show's fourth and final season. Clark Collis,, 16 Apr. 2023 Stick to what’s simple, doable and won’t cause a ruckus within your inner circle. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 20 Jan. 2024 Israeli diplomat Michael Oren had to speak at the University of North Florida via Zoom rather than in person thanks to the Jew-bashing ruckus. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 This was a singularly kind man who valued everyone, no matter the ruckus in their lives. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 Thousands of years ago, prey animals fell into the seeps, made a ruckus, and attracted predators such as the saber-tooth cat and the dire wolf. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 There was all that ruckus about the Vanity Fair story [that accused Courtney Love of using heroin while pregnant]. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 And all that ruckus in your chest can be blamed on your ever-changing body chemistry. Kimberly A. Daly, Parents, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably blend of ruction and rumpus

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruckus was in 1885

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“Ruckus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ruck·​us ˈrək-əs How to pronounce ruckus (audio)
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