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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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Examples from the web for brouhaha
  • How this brouhaha will affect competition is unclear.
  • After the initial brouhaha, things got pretty quiet again.
  • The emperor was too distracted to notice our brouhaha.
  • This brouhaha is incredibly silly.
  • Nevertheless, the impact of this brouhaha was probably to increase even further the interest in the Festival.
  • But as usual, the brouhaha is practically an invented one.
  • The brouhaha reflects a genuine quandary for the separatist movement.
  • Though it affected the firm's share price for a fortnight, the seaweed brouhaha did not affect sales, he says.
  • Even before the brouhaha he had started to step back from running the team.
  • But in any case such reforms, for all the political brouhaha surrounding them, will not be enough to solve the problem.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for brouhaha



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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