Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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