Hullabaloo meaning

hŭlə-bə-lo͝o
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The definition of a hullabaloo is loud sound or lots of excitement.

An example of a hullabaloo is the excited sounds and energy of a crowd after a shocking announcement.

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A loud noise or a condition of noisy confusion.
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An uproar or fuss.

They made such a hullabaloo about the change that the authorities were forced to change it back.

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Loud noise and confusion; hubbub.
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Origin of hullabaloo

  • Alteration of obsolete hollo-ballo probably from holla hello hello

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The Oxford English Dictionary has this as a native English word, first appearing in print in 1762 (Smollett). The OED and other etymologists do not consider the possibility that the word was introduced from India into the English language. The term 'Hullabol' is still used in Indian English to describe a type of public demonstration, involving making a great noise. 'Hulla' is either derived from 'Hamla' meaning 'attack' or from 'halhala' meaning 'ululation' (both words from Persian and then Urdu). 'Bol' is from the Hindi verb 'bolna', 'to utter or say'.

    From Wiktionary