Definitions for hullabalooˈhʌl ə bəˌlu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hul•la•ba•looˈhʌl ə bəˌlu(n.)(pl.)-loos.

  1. a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.

Origin of hullabaloo:

1750–60; appar. var. of haloobaloo, rhyming compound based on Scots baloo lullaby

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agitation, excitement, turmoil, upheaval, hullabaloo(noun)

    disturbance usually in protest


  1. hullabaloo(Noun)

    An uproar or fuss.

    They made such a hullabaloo about the change that the authorities were forced to change it back.

  2. Origin: The Oxford English Dictionary has this as a native English word, first appearing in print in 1762 (Smollett). The OED and other etymologists do not consider the possibility that the word was introduced from India into the English language. The term 'Hullabol' is still used in Indian English to describe a type of public demonstration, involving making a great noise. 'Hulla' is either derived from 'Hamla' meaning 'attack' or from 'halhala' meaning 'ululation' (both words from Persian and then Urdu). 'Bol' is from the Hindi verb 'bolna', 'to utter or say'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hullabaloo(noun)

    a confused noise; uproar; tumult

Translations for hullabaloo

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an uproar

The teacher told the pupils to stop making such a hullabaloo.

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