- violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance: What's all the commotion in the hallway?
- political or social disturbance or upheaval; sedition; insurrection.
Origin of commotion
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Examples from the Web for commotion
Apparently she had heard the commotion and made her way down from the third floor of the four-story townhouse.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
And you go on this boat because of all the hype and the commotion around it, and the boat is sinking.Can Linda Perry Save Music?
July 16, 2014
A commotion has erupted in one of the dressing rooms, sparing me more reminiscences from Tyrone.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Someone from the nearby Choir Geek table hears the commotion, looks up, and sees me sitting at the most popular table at school.How to Be Popular, ’50s Style: ‘Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’
Maya Van Wagenen
April 17, 2014
He also was entirely oblivious of the commotion he caused—the flooded streets, the hoards of photographers, the live telecasts.Kate Middleton Wears Alexander McQueen to Prince George’s Christening
October 23, 2013
The commotion of pursuit and investigation was sweeping past her tent.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Behind her she heard the commotion of many men descending the companionway.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
He had fastened it down, when a loud noise and commotion was heard in the street.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Nevertheless, what a commotion it would all cause in the parliamentary duck-pond.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Upstairs Dan's attention had been attracted by the commotion in front of the inn.The Inn at the Red Oak
- violent disturbance; upheaval
- political insurrection; disorder
- a confused noise; din
Word Origin and History for commotion
late 14c., from Middle French commocion "violent motion, agitation" (12c., Modern French commotion), from Latin commotionem (nominative commotio) "violent motion, agitation," noun of action from past participle stem of commovere "to move, disturb," from com- "together," or "thoroughly" (see com-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)).
Idioms and Phrases with commotion
see cause a commotion.