brouhaha

[ broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah ]
/ ˈbru hɑˌhɑ, ˌbru hɑˈhɑ, bruˈhɑ hɑ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. brough,
  2. brougham,
  3. brought,
  4. brought-on,
  5. broughta,
  6. broun,
  7. broun, heywood campbell,
  8. brouwer,
  9. brouwer fixed-point theorem,
  10. brouwer, adriaen

Origin of brouhaha

1885–90; < French, orig. brou, ha, ha! exclamation used by characters representing the devil in the 16th-cent. drama; perhaps < Hebrew, distortion of the recited phrase bārūkh habbā (beshēm ădhōnai) “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Ps. 118:26)

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British Dictionary definitions for brouhaha

brouhaha

/ (ˈbruːhɑːhɑː) /

noun

a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar

Word Origin for brouhaha

French, of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for brouhaha

brouhaha

n.

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).

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