uproar

[uhp-rawr, -rohr]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. upright piano,
  2. uprightly,
  3. uprise,
  4. uprising,
  5. upriver,
  6. uproarious,
  7. uproot,
  8. uprose,
  9. uprouse,
  10. uprush

Origin of uproar

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

Synonym study

1. See disorder.

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British Dictionary definitions for uproar

uproar

noun

a commotion or disturbance characterized by loud noise and confusion; turmoil
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Word Origin and History for uproar

uproar

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with uproar

uproar

see make a scene (an uproar).

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