[ ruhk-uhs ]
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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.

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Origin of ruckus

1885–90, Americanism; probably blend of ruction and rumpus

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British Dictionary definitions for ruckus


/ (ˈrʌkəs) /

nounplural -uses
  1. informal an uproar; ruction

Origin of ruckus

C20: from ruction + rumpus

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