from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great noise or excitement; uproar. See Synonyms at noise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An uproar or fuss.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A confused noise; uproar; tumult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Uproar; racket; noisy confusion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. disturbance usually in protest
Alteration of obsolete hollo-ballo, probably from holla, hello; see hello.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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'. (Wiktionary)