AskDefine | Define hubbub

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hubbub n : loud confused noise from many sources [syn: uproar, brouhaha, katzenjammer]

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



At length a universal hubbub wild
Of stunning sounds and voices all confused,
Borne through the hollow dark, assaults his ear
With loudest vehemence. — Milton.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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