[ huhl-uh-buh-loo ]
/ ˈhʌl ə bəˌlu /

noun, plural hul·la·ba·loos.

a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.

Origin of hullabaloo

1750–60; apparently variant of haloobaloo, rhyming compound based on Scots baloo lullaby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hullabaloo



/ (ˌhʌləbəˈluː) /

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



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

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