Definitions

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

  • n. Great noise or excitement; uproar. See Synonyms at noise.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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

Alteration of obsolete hollo-ballo, probably from holla, hello; see hello.

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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'.

Examples

  • I'm not really sure what all the hullabaloo is about. jerezano

    Am I missing something?

  • At a meta level though, I acknowledge that Princeton-style thinking has a great deal of trouble in seeing what the big hullabaloo is – LOL!

    Matthew Yglesias » Richard Rorty

  • Now I will also point out that all this hullabaloo is from a post on the author's personal blog.

    When Authors Attack

  • I'll pick it back up tomorrow after the new year hullabaloo is over.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Now that all that hullabaloo is all over, he can resume being a long ball threat and should hit the 30 homerun level one last time.

    covering baseball for USA TODAY Online.Movers and shakers in the AL

  • Wiki has a bit on it if anyone is interested/doesn't know what all the hullabaloo is about. wikipedia:

    David Anderson on Creation and Evolution

  • Witness the Guardian trumpeting its great "investigation" over three successive double-page spreads, though accompanied in one case by a curious comment piece, authored by one of the principal investigators (New Scientist's Fred Pearce), correctly pointing out that the hullabaloo is a non-story and changes nothing that we know about the reality of anthropogenic global warming.

    marklynas.org - home

  • There is not the same hullabaloo, which is quite right because this was a major incident.

    Football.co.uk news feed

  • He also said he did not know what the "hullabaloo" about missing documentation was, and would have been happy to assist the AG had he been asked directly.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • You know there's a few words that fascinate me and one of them is 'hullabaloo'.

    the cult of the universal lightness of being

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