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noun Informal.
  1. bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do.
  2. sensational publicity; ballyhoo.
  3. speech or writing intended to mislead or to obscure an issue.
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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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Related Words for hoopla

emotion, fuss, ruckus, commotion, hubbub, frenzy, bustle, buzz, furor, brouhaha, hysteria, fever, thrill, excitation, rage, flurry, drama, elation, heat, hullabaloo

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British Dictionary definitions for hoopla


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