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hubbub

[huhb-uhb] /ˈhʌb ʌb/
noun
1.
a loud, confused noise, as of many voices:
There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.
2.
tumult; uproar.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; apparently of Irish orig.; akin to Scots Gaelic cry ubub! (reduplication of ub!) expressing aversion or contempt
Synonyms
1. See noise. 2. disturbance, disorder, confusion.
Antonyms
1. quiet. 2. calm.
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British Dictionary definitions for hub-bub

hubbub

/ˈhʌbʌb/
noun
1.
a confused noise of many voices
2.
uproar
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
n.

see hubbub.

hubbub

n.

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."

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