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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 ?
All was now bustle and hubbub in the late quiet schoolroom.
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.
The rest of the audience waited amid an indescribable hubbub.
The duke, duchess, and Don Quixote had reached this point in their conversation, when they heard voices and a great hubbub in the palace, and Sancho burst abruptly into the room all glowing with anger, with a straining-cloth by way of a bib, and followed by several servants, or, more properly speaking, kitchen-boys and other underlings, one of whom carried a small trough full of water, that from its colour and impurity was plainly dishwater.
The hubbub of eager voices grew intense; and in the midst of it all, the gate at the far end of the field opened and five men entered and escorted a lady upon horseback across the arena to the royal box.
In the turmoil of his wits, a thousand hints and hopes and threats and terrors dinning continuously in his ears, he was like one plunged in the hubbub of a crowd.
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
When arrived there, the cause of the hubbub was apparent to all.
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:--this is the art of retaining self-possession.
As they approached, we paid them all the honours clue to royalty;--manning our yards, firing a salute, and making a prodigious hubbub.
From the spot on which they had placed themselves the two new guests of the Image-de-Notre-Dame heard the ever-increasing hubbub of the tide of people, and lost neither a cry nor a gesture of the drinkers, at tables in the cabaret, or disseminated in the chambers.
A scene of uproar and hubbub ensued that defies description.