Complete Definition of "hullabaloo"

was wotd|2006|April|4
English

Pronunciation
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Noun
hullabaloo

  1. An uproar or fuss.

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

Quotations
1902 â w:Joseph_Conrad|Joseph Conrad, s:Heart_of_Darkness|Heart of Darkness
:Certainly they had brought with them some rotten hippoâmeat, which couldnât have lasted very long, anyway, even if the pilgrims hadnât, in the midst of a shocking hullabaloo, thrown a considerable quantity of it overboard.

Synonyms
ado
fuss
to-do
uproar
Wikisaurus:commotion

Translations
trans-top|uproar or fuss
Finnish: meteli, mekkala
French: tintamarre m
trans-mid
Latin: baloo
Swedish: hallabaloo (colloquial) n, kalabalik (colloquial) c, liv n, uppståndelse c
Welsh: halibalŵ
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Etymology
rfc-level|Etymology not at level 3
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'.

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Revision and Credits for"hullabaloo"
  • 2007-10-22 03:21 - Tohru - Reverted edits by [[Special:Contributions/68.224.89.186|68.224.89.186]] ([[User_talk:68.224.89.186|Talk]]); changed back to last version by [[User:Hekaheka|Hekaheka]]

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