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


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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Too much of anything will lead to trouble and cause a ruckus that will send a red flag to someone in a position of power. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 13 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 Halas, a former Illini player, paid close attention to the ruckus in Champaign. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 20, Red Grange," 17 Aug. 2019 One afternoon in my backyard there was a ruckus in a nearby tree between a squirrel and a jay. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "The quirky habits of El Cerrito hummingbirds," 14 Aug. 2019 The technology is making its debut in the Premier League this season, and caused one punditry ruckus in Saturday's early kickoff when a Gabriel Jesus strike was ruled out for the tightest of offsides in the buildup., "VAR Officials Confirm Man City Penalty Retake Wasn't Because Lukasz Fabianski Moved Off His Line," 10 Aug. 2019 The woman kicked and screamed, drawing the attention of two people walking nearby who heard the ruckus and walked towards the noise. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Woman fights off attempted rapist in Mountain View, police say," 20 July 2019 Within moments, his neighbors joined in the ruckus. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Unarmed and outnumbered, MN corrections officers use crisis intervention to defuse tense encounters," 5 July 2019 At one point, Kim appeared to chuckle at the ruckus as people shouted at each other to get out of the way. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham bruised amid scuffle by reporters with North Korean guards," 30 June 2019 Despite the ruckus, the senate ultimately managed to bring the bill to a vote, deciding 26-24 to pass the bill to end the program. Tara Law, Time, "Pennsylvania Senate Session Descends Into Screaming Match Over Poverty Assistance Program," 29 June 2019

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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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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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