- excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event; hullabaloo: The brouhaha followed disclosures of graft at City Hall.
- an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause: A brouhaha by the baseball players resulted in three black eyes.
Origin of brouhaha
Examples from the Web for brouhaha
Then came the book tour, and the brouhaha following that NPR interview.Isabel Allende’s Controversial New Thriller
February 23, 2014
According to the blog, she soon “backtracked” on her comments, deleting the Facebook thread, and calling the brouhaha “childish.”An Absurd Push for Separation of Religion and State in Canada
November 15, 2013
As Eleanor Clift recently lamented, the brouhaha in Congress over food stamps is not just about budgets.Supreme Court on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights, and More
June 23, 2013
Abraham Foxman, the national director of Anti-Defamation League, reacting to the Bieber brouhaha, said as much.OK, Anne Frank COULD Have Been a Belieber
April 15, 2013
Sino-Japanese frictions would be on the uptick about now even without the Diaoyu brouhaha.China Is Protesting, Too
September 17, 2012
- a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar
Word Origin and History for brouhaha
1890, from French brouhaha (1550s), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, "the cry of the devil disguised as clergy." Perhaps from Hebrew barukh habba' "blessed be the one who comes," used on public occasions (cf. Psalm 118).