from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disturbance; a commotion: "Little was heard by us in the upper regions of the considerable ruckus (and surely the heartbreak) being endured some floors below” ( Brendan Gill).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A noisy disturbance and/or commotion.
- n. A row, fight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of making a noisy disturbance
Perhaps blend of ruction and rumpus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1890; probably a blend of ruction 'disturbance' and rumpus 'disturbance, fracas' (itself of unknown origin) (Wiktionary)