[ruhk-uh s]
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  1. a noisy commotion; fracas; rumpus: The losers are sure to raise a ruckus.
  2. a heated controversy: Newspapers fostered the ruckus by printing the opponents' letters.

Origin of ruckus

1885–90, Americanism; probably blend of ruction and rumpus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of ruckus

  • Say, Squint, your brain wasnt injured in that ruckus, was it?

    The Ranchman

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • Now, I hadn't been down that way for about six months, but I had heard of that ruckus.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

  • He figured to start a ruckus, and then git me in the mix-up.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

  • "There seems to be some kind of a ruckus," Mr. Appel remarked as he stood up and leaned out the window.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • There was the deuce of a ruckus over there for maybe two minutes, and then back they came—carrying something.

British Dictionary definitions for ruckus


noun plural -uses
  1. informal an uproar; ruction

Word Origin for ruckus

C20: from ruction + rumpus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ruckus

1890, possibly a blend of ruction and rumpus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper