commotion

[ kuh-moh-shuhn ]
/ kəˈmoʊ ʃən /

noun

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

1520–30; < Latin commōtiōn- (stem of commōtiō), equivalent to commōt(us) past participle of commovēre to commove + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM commotion

com·mo·tion·al, adjectivecom·mo·tive, adjective

synonym study for commotion

1. See ado.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commotion

British Dictionary definitions for commotion

commotion
/ (kəˈməʊʃən) /

noun

violent disturbance; upheaval
political insurrection; disorder
a confused noise; din

Derived forms of commotion

commotional, adjective

Word Origin for commotion

C15: from Latin commōtiō, from commovēre to throw into disorder, from com- (intensive) + movēre to move
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with commotion

commotion

see cause a commotion.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.