[ hoop-lah ]
/ ˈhup lɑ /

noun Informal.

bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue.

Nearby words

  1. hoop skirt,
  2. hoop snake,
  3. hoop-de-do,
  4. hoop-petticoat narcissus,
  5. hooper,
  6. hoopman,
  7. hoopoe,
  8. hoopster,
  9. hoorah,
  10. hooray

Origin of hoopla

First recorded in 1865–70, hoopla is from the French word houp-là! command (as to a child) to move, take a step

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British Dictionary definitions for hoopla


/ (ˈhuːplɑː) /


British a fairground game in which a player tries to throw a hoop over an object and so win it
US and Canadian slang noise; bustle
US slang nonsense; ballyhoo

Word Origin for hoopla

C20: see whoop, la ²

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Word Origin and History for hoopla


1877, hoop la, American English, earlier houp-la, exclamation accompanying quick movement (1870), of unknown origin, perhaps borrowed from French houp-là "upsy-daisy," also a cry to dogs, horses, etc.

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