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



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Origin of brouhaha

First recorded in 1885–90; from French, originally, brou, ha, ha! exclamation used by characters representing the devil in16th-century drama; perhaps from Hebrew, distortion of the recited phrase bārūkh habbā (beshēm ădōnai) “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Psalms 118:26)
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British Dictionary definitions for brouhaha

/ (ˈbruːhɑːhɑː) /


a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar

Word Origin for brouhaha

French, of imitative origin
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