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Calque of Dutch oproer or German Aufruhr[1]. Possibly influenced by roar.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʌpɹɔː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈʌpɹɔːɹ/
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uproar (countable and uncountable, plural uproars)

  1. Tumultuous, noisy excitement. [from 1520s]
  2. Loud confused noise, especially when coming from several sources.
  3. A loud protest, controversy, outrage


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uproar (third-person singular simple present uproars, present participle uproaring, simple past and past participle uproared)

  1. (transitive) To throw into uproar or confusion.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 3,[1]
      [] had I power, I should
      Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,
      Uproar the universal peace, confound
      All unity on earth.
  2. (intransitive) To make an uproar.
    • 1661, William Caton, The Abridgment of Eusebius Pamphilius’s Ecclesiastical History, London: Francis Holden, 1698, Part II, p. 110, note,[2]
      [] through their Tumultuous Uproaring have they caused the peaceable and harmless to suffer []
    • 1824, Thomas Carlyle (translator), Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and Travels by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, New York: A.L. Burt, 1839, Book 4, Chapter 8, pp. 210-211,[3]
      [] the landlady entering at this very time with news that his wife had been delivered of a dead child, he yielded to the most furious ebullitions; while, in accordance with him, all howled and shrieked, and bellowed and uproared, with double vigor.
    • 1828, Robert Montgomery, The Omnipresence of the Deity, London: Samuel Maunder, Part II, p. 56,[4]
      When red-mouth’d cannons to the clouds uproar,
      And gasping hosts sleep shrouded in their gore,
    • 1829, Mason Locke Weems, The Life of General Francis Marion, Philadelphia: Joseph Allen, Chapter 12, p. 106,[5]
      Officers, as well as men, now mingle in the uproaring strife, and snatching the weapons of the slain, swell the horrid carnage.



  1. ^ uproar” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.