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[huhb-uhb] /ˈhʌb ʌb/
a loud, confused noise, as of many voices:
There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
tumult; uproar.
Origin of hubbub
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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  • Old Mat and Jim Silver waited on the outskirts of the hub-bub.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • There was no hub-bub, nor did any one talk; but all listened in silence.

  • One never knows what to believe is real in this hub-bub place.

    Dorothy Dale in the City Margaret Penrose
  • With only the street door between him and the hub-bub that was beginning to fill the night, he could measure the situation.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • Ronny claimed the tiny interval for rest, merely raising her hands in a despairing gesture at the hub-bub her dance had created.

  • A market was being improvised right on the beach, and sales were going on in a hub-bub of shouting, cursing, and shaking of fists.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The hub-bub was as of a battle the most horrible, for there were women in it, screaming for blood.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Instantly there was a hub-bub, from which the words "Hundred to one" came with insistent force.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • In the hub-bub that went on about him Stud alone kept a clear head.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • It seemed quiet, indeed, after the hub-bub of the day before.

British Dictionary definitions for hub-bub


a confused noise of many voices
Word Origin
C16: probably from Irish hooboobbes; compare Scottish Gaelic ubub! an exclamation of contempt
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Word Origin and History for hub-bub

see hubbub.



1550s, whobub "confused noise," generally believed to be of Irish origin, perhaps from Gaelic ub!, expression of aversion or contempt, or Old Irish battle cry abu, from buide "victory."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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