up·​roar ˈəp-ˌrȯr How to pronounce uproar (audio)
: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

Example Sentences

There was a lot of public uproar over the proposed jail. There have been uproars in the past over similar proposals. The proposal caused an uproar. The town was in an uproar over the proposal to build a jail.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uproar was in 1526

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“Uproar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uproar. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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up·​roar ˈəp-ˌrō(ə)r How to pronounce uproar (audio)
: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

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