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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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  • Today it is a wonderful hubbub of cluttered streets and lively bazaars.
  • Since the audience is made up of people who are themselves sounding off, new media are more of a hubbub than a homily.
  • For example, the animals could fall into the pits, or the construction hubbub could make them avoid entering the sanctuary at all.
  • In addition, some doctors may hesitate to prescribe the drug after all the hubbub.
  • Meanwhile, three unknown candidates have been unable to make themselves heard above the hubbub.
  • But the hubbub around pay also oversimplifies things, especially by conflating the level of pay with its structure.
  • The hubbub now about equality is actually a nostalgia for machines.
  • No commercial hubbub competes with the call to prayer from the mosque.
  • They stand in a stream of soothingly mindless hubbub.
  • They can be noisy and the hubbub of the crowd can be distracting.
British Dictionary definitions for hubbub


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 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."

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