hubbub

[ huhb-uhb ]
/ ˈhʌb ʌb /

noun

a loud, confused noise, as of many voices: There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
tumult; uproar.

Nearby words

  1. hubble's law,
  2. hubble, edwin,
  3. hubble, edwin powell,
  4. hubble-bubble,
  5. hubbly,
  6. hubby,
  7. hubcap,
  8. hubei,
  9. hubel,
  10. hubert

Origin of hubbub

1545–55; apparently of Irish orig.; akin to Scots Gaelic cry ubub! (reduplication of ub!) expressing aversion or contempt

SYNONYMS FOR hubbub
1. See noise. 2. disturbance, disorder, confusion.

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British Dictionary definitions for hubbub

hubbub

/ (ˈhʌbʌb) /

noun

a confused noise of many voices
uproar

Word Origin for hubbub

C16: probably from Irish hooboobbes; compare Scottish Gaelic ubub! an exclamation of contempt

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Word Origin and History for hubbub

hubbub

n.

1550s, whobub "confused noise," generally believed to be of Irish origin, perhaps from Gaelic ub!, expression of aversion or contempt, or Old Irish battle cry abu, from buide "victory."

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