Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An uproar; a hubbub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stir; a fuss or uproar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the confused noise of many voices.
  • n. a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. loud confused noise from many sources
  • n. a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits

Etymologies

French, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French brouhaha, but disputed as to where from before that. Possibly from Hebrew בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא (barúkh habá, "welcome", literally "blessed is he who comes"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With the show having figured that out the title brouhaha notwithstanding, Cox has never been more engaging, funny and assured in her performance.

    Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actress in a Comedy

  • You don't see what the brouhaha is about an elected official possibly trading votes for money?

    Slow take

  • The stadium brouhaha is a large sucking hole removing all of the air from the room.

    What fools these mortals be (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Camus would be appalled, I think, to know that so much brouhaha is being made about where his bones lay.

    News sinkhole

  • The Reid brouhaha is ridiculous, I will agree with that.

    Matthew Yglesias » Identity Politics for White People

  • Needless to say all this brouhaha is making my life interesting.

    Rick Mercer Explains what Happened

  • But if this rejection of FNC turns out to be a temporary blip, a short-term brouhaha, and Democratic public figures again embrace it as an equal to other news outlets, then it will not have made a difference except as a memory that our party leaders once came oh so close to "getting it" only to fail.

    Obama Pulls Out Of Fox/CBC Debate

  • Barring any sudden revelations involving Riccardo Muti, a beautiful disaffected ex-KGB agent, and a briefcase full of uranium (TOTALLY MADE-UP STORY, although can't you just see Muti in a plot like that?), the Joyce Hatto brouhaha is certainly shaping up to be the classical music scandal of the year.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • I assume that the brouhaha is not over a trademark but rather over the copyright to the design of the man-toys.

    Matthew Yglesias » Defense Contractors Versus Hobbyists

  • Even if the Bush administration succeeds in partially defusing the issue, the brouhaha is in itself a great victory for the advocates of "World War IV."

    Archive 2006-03-01

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  • Exactly!

    May 27, 2009

  • I think wordie is a loud confused noise from many sources.

    May 27, 2009

  • Next time you find yourself in the middle of a brouhaha, you should continually yell the word "brouhaha" in order to further the brouhaha.

    May 4, 2009

  • Oh ha, ha, ha!

    March 24, 2008

  • Alternative spelling brouha,ha.

    March 23, 2008

  • *faking shits*

    I have to--
    nevermind

    October 13, 2007

  • *shaking fits*

    I have to stop drinking so much coffee.

    October 13, 2007

  • FINE. I'll do it. Damn you! *shaking fist*

    (You know, at first I typed, "shaking fits," which is kind of funny.)

    October 13, 2007

  • Firesign Theatre! Love those guys. Who's up for a list? *hint, hint*

    October 12, 2007

  • "Brouhaha? Ha ha ha!" --Firesign Theatre

    October 12, 2007

  • Ha! I used to frequent a cafe called Brew-HaHa. Made me laugh every time I walked in there.

    October 1, 2007

  • Brouheehee?

    October 1, 2007

  • It's difficult to say this word without laughing.

    October 1, 2007

  • What a lovely word.

    August 15, 2007

  • This word is pretty popular.

    August 15, 2007