uproar

noun up·roar \ ˈəp-ˌrȯr \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of uproar

:a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

Examples of uproar in a Sentence

  1. There was a lot of public uproar over the proposed jail.

  2. There have been uproars in the past over similar proposals.

  3. The proposal caused an uproar.

  4. The town was in an uproar over the proposal to build a jail.

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Origin and Etymology of uproar

by folk etymology from Dutch oproer, from Middle Dutch, from op up (akin to Old English ūp) + roer motion; akin to Old English hrēran to stir


UPROAR Defined for English Language Learners

uproar

noun

Definition of uproar for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which many people are upset, angry, or disturbed by something


UPROAR Defined for Kids

uproar

noun up·roar \ ˈəp-ˌrȯr \

Definition of uproar for Students

:a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance
  • Now the dining room was in an uproar … as the men jumped to their feet in confusion.
  • —Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy

History for uproar

In spite of appearances, the -roar part of the word uproar has no historical connection with the sound made by some animals. In Dutch oproer means “revolt, uprising,” having been compounded from op, “up,” and roer, “motion.” When the word was taken into English, its Dutch meaning was kept at first, but its spelling was altered to fit already familiar English words. English speakers assumed that the -roar in uproar did indeed refer to loud cries, and so the word went from meaning “uprising” to “a state of commotion.”



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