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ˈhʌb ʌbhub·bub

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hubbub, uproar, brouhaha, katzenjammernoun

    loud confused noise from many sources


  1. hubbubnoun

    A confused uproar, commotion, tumult or racket.

  2. Etymology: Perhaps from Irish; compare Irish ababú! (a battle-cry), Gaelic ub! ub! (expressing contempt, etc.), ubh ubh! (expressing disgust).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hubbubnoun

    A tumult; a riot.

    Etymology: unless it be from up up, or hobnob.

    People pursued the business with all contempt of the government; and in the hubbub of the first day there appeared nobody of name or reckoning, but the actors were really of the dregs of the people. Edward Hyde.

    An universal hubbub wild
    Of stunning sounds, and voices all confus’d,
    Borne through the hollow dark, assaults his ear
    With loudest vehemence. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Why wolves raise a hubbub at her,
    And dogs howl when she shines in water. Hudibras, p. ii.


  1. hubbub

    Hubbub refers to a chaotic or noisy situation or environment, often characterized by a lot of voices, activities or commotion. It can be also used to describe confusion, uproar or turmoil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hubbubverb

    a loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar

  2. Etymology: [Cf. Whoobub, Whoop, Hoop, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hubbub

    hub′ub, n. a confused sound of many voices: riot: uproar. [Prob. a repetition of hoop, whoop.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hubbub in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hubbub in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hubbub in a Sentence

  1. Bill Clinton:

    The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked.

  2. Marko Sotto:

    They want to eat out three or four times a week…at the same time, they don’t necessarily want all the hubbub.

  3. Former President Bill Clinton:

    The truth is, the hubbub was I got hot under the collar because of the way the questions were asked. And I think what was lost were the two points that I made that are important to me, the suggestion was that I never apologized for what caused all the trouble for me 20 years ago.

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