ruckus

noun
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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Synonyms for ruckus

Synonyms

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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Drew Davison The track has to build around its staple races such as IndyCar and the NASCAR trucks, and the off-road ruckus and high-flying trucks seem to catch fans’ attention. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Turn 4: Takeaways from TMS' summer race weekend," 10 June 2018 And Border Patrol agents would easily detect such a ruckus. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, "The Silly Arguments Against a Border Wall," 10 Jan. 2019 Someone over at the confluence of the 15th and 16th greens was creating quite a ruckus, while Tiger was busy eliciting only murmurs and quizzical stares. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods' disappointing 75 leaves him too far back at the Masters," 6 Apr. 2018 That practice held through two administrations, until Mr. Trump decided this year to raise a ruckus about the Fed. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "President Trump Bashes the Fed. This Is How the Fed Chief Responds.," 30 Nov. 2018 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, latimes.com, "Review: Lou Taylor Pucci enlivens wild and wooly 'Poor Boy'," 12 July 2018

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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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ruckus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruckus

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

ruckus

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

Kids Definition of ruckus

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

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