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  1. a loud, confused noise, as of many voices: There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
  2. tumult; uproar.

Origin of hubbub

1545–55; apparently of Irish orig.; akin to Scots Gaelic cry ubub! (reduplication of ub!) expressing aversion or contempt


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1. See noise. 2. disturbance, disorder, confusion.


1. quiet. 2. calm.
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Historical Examples

  • In the hub-bub that went on about him Stud alone kept a clear head.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • There was no hub-bub, nor did any one talk; but all listened in silence.

  • It seemed quiet, indeed, after the hub-bub of the day before.

  • One never knows what to believe is real in this hub-bub place.

    Dorothy Dale in the City

    Margaret Penrose

  • But directly we got into the street, we were known, and the hub-bub began.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III

    Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.

British Dictionary definitions for hub-bub


  1. a confused noise of many voices
  2. uproar

Word Origin

C16: probably from Irish hooboobbes; compare Scottish Gaelic ubub! an exclamation of contempt
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Word Origin and History for hub-bub


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1550s, whobub "confused noise," generally believed to be of Irish origin, perhaps from Gaelic ub!, expression of aversion or contempt, or Old Irish battle cry abu, from buide "victory."

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