- a loud, confused noise, as of many voices: There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
- tumult; uproar.
Origin of hubbub
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Examples from the Web for hub-bub
In the hub-bub that went on about him Stud alone kept a clear head.Plowing On Sunday
There was no hub-bub, nor did any one talk; but all listened in silence.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
It seemed quiet, indeed, after the hub-bub of the day before.Molly Brown's Post-Graduate Days
One never knows what to believe is real in this hub-bub place.Dorothy Dale in the City
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.
- a confused noise of many voices
Word Origin and History for hub-bub
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."