hullabaloo

[huhl-uh-buh-loo]

noun, plural hul·la·ba·loos.

a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.

Nearby words

  1. hull girder,
  2. hull house,
  3. hull, bobby,
  4. hull, cordell,
  5. hull, william,
  6. hulled,
  7. hulling,
  8. hullo,
  9. hulloa,
  10. hulloo

Origin of hullabaloo

1750–60; apparently variant of haloobaloo, rhyming compound based on Scots baloo lullaby

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British Dictionary definitions for hullabaloo

hullabaloo

hullaballoo

noun plural -loos

loud confused noise, esp of protest; commotion

Word Origin for hullabaloo

C18: perhaps from interjection hallo + Scottish baloo lullaby

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Word Origin and History for hullabaloo

hullabaloo

n.

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

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