hubbub


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hub·bub

 (hŭb′ŭb′)
n.
1. A loud confusing noise: could not be heard over the hubbub of the crowd.
2. A confused situation; a tumult: returned to the hubbub of the city after a peaceful weekend in the country. See Synonyms at noise.

[Probably of Irish origin; akin to Irish abb abb abb, an exclamation of defiance or aggression or abú, abó, a war cry.]
Word History: The word hubbub begins to appear in English in the 1500s, at first in the larger phrase Irish hubbub or otherwise in accounts of events in Ireland. It was originally used to describe the shouting of a crowd or the raising of a hue and cry—often it seems with a note of condescension—and the word was frequently applied by English writers of the 1500s and 1600s to war cries or celebratory jubilation of the indigenous peoples of Africa and the Americas. New England colonists, for example, used hubbub as a term for a rambunctious game played by Native Americans. The word hubbub may be from a source in the Irish language such as abb abb abb, an interjection expressing defiance or aggression. Or it may be related to the Irish exclamation abú (also spelled abó) that is added to family names or slogans to make war cries in Irish. A traditional war cry of the O'Neill family, for example, was lámh dhearg abú, "The Red Hand—abu!" (a red hand being a traditional Irish symbol). The further origins of abú, however, are uncertain. Some scholars have proposed that it is a shortening of Irish go búaidh, "until victory." Other scholars, however, believe that the exclamation ultimately originates from the whooping sounds typically made by an excited crowd to express solidarity or urge on a champion—much like the English word whoop itself.

hubbub

(ˈhʌbʌb)
n
1. a confused noise of many voices
2. uproar
[C16: probably from Irish hooboobbes; compare Scottish Gaelic ubub! an exclamation of contempt]

hub•bub

(ˈhʌb ʌb)

n.
1. a loud, confused noise.
2. tumult; disorder.
[1545–55; appar. of Irish orig.]
syn: See noise.

Hubbub

 a multitude of speakers.
Examples: hubbub of parliamentary discussion, 1878; of all languages, 1849.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hubbub - loud confused noise from many sourceshubbub - loud confused noise from many sources
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"

hubbub

noun
1. noise, racket, din, uproar, cacophony, pandemonium, babel, tumult, hurly-burly a hubbub of excited conversation from over a thousand people
2. hue and cry, confusion, disturbance, riot, disorder, clamour, rumpus, bedlam, brouhaha, ruction (informal), hullabaloo, ruckus (informal) the hubbub over the election

hubbub

noun
Sounds or a sound, especially when loud, confused, or disagreeable:
Translations
ضَجَّه، جَلَبَه، ضَوْضاءهَرْجٌ وَمَرْج، إحْتِجاج
kraválpovyk
larmopstandelserøre
hávaîi, lætiuppnám
erzelynėriaušėssambrūzdis
balsu troksniskņada

hubbub

[ˈhʌbʌb] Nalgarabía f, barahúnda f
a hubbub of voicesun barullo de voces

hubbub

[ˈhʌbʌb] nbrouhaha m

hubbub

nTumult m; a hubbub (of noise)ein Radau m; a hubbub of voicesein Stimmengewirr nt

hubbub

[ˈhʌbʌb] nbaccano

hubbub

(ˈhabab) noun
1. a confused noise of many sounds especially voices.
2. uproar; protest.
References in classic literature ?
In indulging and pitying lay ever my greatest danger; and all human hubbub wisheth to be indulged and tolerated.
He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom; for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this hubbub was about him.
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:--this is the art of retaining self-possession.
All these cries intermingled produced a bewildering and deafening hubbub.
The huge height of the buildings, running up to ten and fifteen storeys, the narrow arched entries that continually vomited passengers, the wares of the merchants in their windows, the hubbub and endless stir, the foul smells and the fine clothes, and a hundred other particulars too small to mention, struck me into a kind of stupor of surprise, so that I let the crowd carry me to and fro; and yet all the time what I was thinking of was Alan at Rest-and-be-Thankful; and all the time (although you would think I would not choose but be delighted with these braws and novelties) there was a cold gnawing in my inside like a remorse for something wrong.
Several wounded men passed along the road, and words of abuse, screams, and groans mingled in a general hubbub, then the firing died down.
For several days there had been a great hubbub in the village.
She ran around to the back yard of the palace and soon found the chicken house, being guided to it by a loud cackling and crowing and a distracting hubbub of sounds such as chickens make when they are excited.
The conductor clanged the gong, and the two couples separated in a sudden hubbub of farewell.
He did not finish his sentence; for a terrific hubbub now arose on the terrace behind the flight of steps where they stood, and there were frantic shouts of, "Hurrah for Mandiboy
As they approached, we paid them all the honours clue to royalty;--manning our yards, firing a salute, and making a prodigious hubbub.
A scene of uproar and hubbub ensued that defies description.