ruckus

[ruhk-uh s]

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.

Nearby words

  1. ruck,
  2. ruck-rover,
  3. ruckle,
  4. ruckman,
  5. rucksack,
  6. ruction,
  7. ruda sląska,
  8. ruda śląska,
  9. rudaceous,
  10. rudbeckia

Origin of ruckus

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ruckus

ruckus

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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