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noun, plural hul·la·ba·loos.
  1. a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.
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Origin of hullabaloo

1750–60; apparently variant of haloobaloo, rhyming compound based on Scots baloo lullaby
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to-do, noise, fuss, riot, mayhem, bedlam, confusion, ruckus, commotion, chaos, pandemonium, melee, hubbub, hassle, racket, furor, clamor, brouhaha, free-for-all, row

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noun plural -loos
  1. loud confused noise, esp of protest; commotion
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Word Origin for hullabaloo

C18: perhaps from interjection hallo + Scottish baloo lullaby
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Word Origin and History for hullabaloo


1762, hollo-ballo "uproar," chiefly in northern England and Scottish, perhaps a rhyming reduplication of hollo (see hello).

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