noun, plural hul·la·ba·loos.
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Origin of hullabaloo
Words nearby hullabaloo
What does hullabaloo mean?
A hullabaloo is an uproar or a noisy commotion, especially the sound of a bunch of people shouting in protest about something.
A hullabaloo doesn’t have to be literally noisy—the word can also be used to refer to all the talk and commentary surrounding a controversy, such as on social media. Because hullabaloo sounds a little silly, it’s often used to be funny.
Example: There was a big hullabaloo at the parents’ meeting when it was announced that brownies wouldn’t be allowed at the bake sale.
Where does hullabaloo come from?
A hullabaloo is a far cry from a soothing lullaby, though. Typically, the word refers to a rowdy, raucous ruckus—picture a bunch of people shouting at a public meeting with someone banging a gavel trying to get them to quiet down. But the noise doesn’t have to be literal. Hullabaloo can also refer collectively to all the comments and conflicting opinions about a controversial topic, especially in a context in which those comments can be observed by a lot of people, such as in the media or on social networks. There are a lot of ways to say the same thing, like hubbub, uproar, clamor, furor, ruckus, and the just-as-fun-to-say brouhaha.
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How is hullabaloo used in real life?
Hullabaloo is commonly used to refer to an uproar about something, whether literally loud or just involving a lot of people’s opinions.
Back in 2009, there was a big hullabaloo over Carlos Tevez choosing Man City over Man Utd because he was offered higher wages at City, even though United were the better side.
Now Alexis Sànchez has done the same but in the opposite direction.
Roles have reversed.
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) January 23, 2018
just thought I'd clear up all of the hullabaloo @RebeccaRomijn has started. yes. I drive a PT. yes. he is glorious. his name is Petey. i💖him
— Lindy Booth (@LindyBooth) January 22, 2016
Not feeling the Apple news today? Head to http://t.co/Zu4c4Uws to skip all of the hullabaloo.
— Engadget (@engadget) October 4, 2011
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to describe a hullabaloo?
Example sentences from the Web for hullabaloo
Yet for all the hullabaloo about outside groups, the race may simply come down to old-fashioned retail politics.
All the hullabaloo confused the neophyte rockers, who had only been a band for two years and were searching for their own voice.Cold War Kids on Faith, Hipster Detractors & Their Musical Evolution|Marlow Stern|April 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Chris Christie is taking all the hullabaloo about his body fat in stride.
One has to wonder how all this hullabaloo will affect the kids in the long run.
Find a relatively peaceful place where the child can retreat if the noise and hullabaloo get to be too much.Autistic Holidays: How to Make It Easier for Everyone|Priscilla Gilman|December 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And if there is a God, and we can meet Him only by dying, then why in the name of common sense all this hullabaloo about death?Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Behind him rose uproar, tumult and hullabaloo, a mass of struggling men at cross purposes.Bransford of Rainbow Range|Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Remember how they raised such a hullabaloo when they were sent to the workhouse?The Thunders of Silence|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
That cat had been asleep on the sofy, and the noise and hullabaloo had stirred him up till he was as crazy as the rest of 'em.The Depot Master|Joseph C. Lincoln
I couldn't understand him, for he spoke his own language, but guessed what was up when I heerd the hullabaloo his words raised.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3|William Clark Russell