hubbub

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Etymology[edit]

Mid 16thc. Perhaps from Irish; compare Irish ababú!, abú! (battle-cry), Gaelic ub! ub! (expressing contempt, etc.), ubh ubh! (expressing disgust).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌbʌb/
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hubbub (plural hubbubs)

  1. A confused uproar, commotion, tumult or racket.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      At length a universal hubbub wild
      Of stunning sounds and voices all confused,
      Borne through the hollow dark, assaults his ear
      With loudest vehemence.

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hubbub (third-person singular simple present hubbubs, present participle hubbubing or hubbubbing, simple past and past participle hubbubed or hubbubbed)

  1. (intransitive) To cause a tumult or racket.
    • 2016, Daniel Gray, Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football
      It becomes a grotto, hubbubbing with more noise than any class on a school visit could make, the air mobbed by breathless chatter about life and the transfer window.