ruckus

[ ruhk-uh s ]
/ ˈrʌk əs /

noun

a noisy commotion; fracas; rumpus: The losers are sure to raise a ruckus.
a heated controversy: Newspapers fostered the ruckus by printing the opponents' letters.

Origin of ruckus

1885–90, Americanism; probably blend of ruction and rumpus
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British Dictionary definitions for ruckus

ruckus

/ (ˈrʌkəs) /

noun plural -uses

informal an uproar; ruction

Word Origin for ruckus

C20: from ruction + rumpus
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Word Origin and History for ruckus

ruckus


n.

1890, possibly a blend of ruction and rumpus.

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