Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A state of extreme confusion or agitation; commotion or tumult.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Distracting stir, bustle, commotion, confusion, or din; tumult; disturbance; agitation; trouble; disquiet.
  • noun Synonyms Confusion, bustle, uproar.
  • To disturb; agitate; trouble; disquiet.
  • To labor amid trouble, worriment, or vexation; be disquieted or in trouble; worry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry.
  • noun Harassing labor; trouble; molestation by tumult; disturbance; worrying confusion.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A state of great disorder or uncertainty.
  • verb obsolete To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.

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

  • noun disturbance usually in protest
  • noun violent agitation
  • noun a violent disturbance

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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Unknown origin. Perhaps from Old French tremouille ("the hopper of a mill").

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