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

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.

Antonyms for hubbub

1. quiet. 2. calm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hubbub

Contemporary Examples of hubbub

Historical Examples of hubbub

  • All this hubbub excited the attention of Boxtel, who was just taking his meal by his fireside.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • All this hubbub came from a white house about five hundred yards away.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • People turned to see what was the matter, and again did the hubbub increase.

  • But, directly we got into the street we were known, and this hubbub began.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • It was cool and quiet out there after the heat and hubbub of the drawing-room.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for hubbub



a confused noise of many voices

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

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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