hub bub


a loud, confused noise, as of many voices: There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
tumult; uproar.

1545–55; apparently of Irish orig.; akin to Scots Gaelic cry ubub! (reduplication of ub!) expressing aversion or contempt

1. See noise. 2. disturbance, disorder, confusion.

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

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Word Origin & History

1555, whobub "confused noise," generally believed to be of Irish origin, perhaps from Gaelic ub!, expression of aversion or contempt, or O.Ir. battle cry abu, from buide "victory."
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