Definitions

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

  • n. Loud noise; din. See Synonyms at noise.
  • n. Confusion; tumult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confused uproar, commotion, tumult or racket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A great noise of many confused voices or sounds; a tumult; uproar; riot.
  • n. An old game played by the Indians who formerly inhabited New England, with bones and a platter or tray, and which was accompanied with much noise and the shouting of the word ‘Hubhub’ or ‘Hubbub.’

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

  • n. loud confused noise from many sources

Etymologies

Probably of Irish Gaelic origin; akin to Scottish Gaelic ubub, an interjection of aversion or contempt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Irish; compare Irish ababú! (a battle-cry), Gaelic ub! ub! (expressing contempt, etc.), ubh ubh! (expressing disgust). (Wiktionary)

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