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[broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah, broo-hah-hah] /ˈbru hɑˌhɑ, ˌbru hɑˈhɑ, bruˈhɑ hɑ/
excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event; hullabaloo:
The brouhaha followed disclosures of graft at City Hall.
an episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause:
A brouhaha by the baseball players resulted in three black eyes.
Origin of brouhaha
1885-90; < French, orig. brou, ha, ha! exclamation used by characters representing the devil in the 16th-cent. drama; perhaps < Hebrew, distortion of the recited phrase bārūkh habbā (beshēm ădhōnai) “blessed is he who comes (in the name of the Lord)” (Ps. 118:26) Unabridged
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  • From afar the rumors of revelry, the brouhaha of a mad population, saluted his deaf ears, the distant music of lutes and viols.

  • It was then I realized the Chief was still sitting in his chair, where he had been when the brouhaha started.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for brouhaha


a loud confused noise; commotion; uproar
Word Origin
French, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for brouhaha

1890, from French brouhaha (1550s), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, "the cry of the devil disguised as clergy." Perhaps from Hebrew barukh habba' "blessed be the one who comes," used on public occasions (cf. Psalm 118).

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A noisy clamor; fuss; flap

[1950s+; fr French; possibly ultimately fr Hebrew baruch haba ''blessed are those who come (in the name of the Lord),'' Psalm 118, although the line of derivation is complex and tenuous]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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