[uhp-rawr, -rohr]


a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude; turmoil.
an instance of this.

Origin of uproar

1520–30; < Dutch oproer revolt, tumult, translation of German Aufruhr; sense and spelling influenced by roar

Synonyms for uproar

Synonym study

1. See disorder.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uproar

Contemporary Examples of uproar

Historical Examples of uproar

  • Omar Ben became conscious of an uproar beyond the garden wall.

    A Night Out

    Edward Peple

  • At that moment there was an uproar from the upper part of the hotel.

  • When last seen, the environs of the works were filled with violence and uproar.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • There was a sudden lull in the uproar when Mr. Minturn opened the door.

  • I heard the uproar of people behind the door and of the crowd in the street.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for uproar



a commotion or disturbance characterized by loud noise and confusion; turmoil
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 uproar

1520s, used by Tindale and later Coverdale as a loan-translation of German Aufruhr or Dutch oproer "tumult, riot," literally "a stirring up," in German and Dutch bibles (cf. Acts xxi:38), "outbreak of disorder, revolt, commotion," from German auf (Middle Dutch op) "up" + ruhr (Middle Dutch roer) "a stirring, motion," related to Old English hreran "to move, stir, shake" (see rare (adj.2)). Meaning "noisy shouting" is first recorded 1540s, probably by mistaken association with unrelated roar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with uproar


see make a scene (an uproar).

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.