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[ruhk-uh s] /ˈrʌk əs/
a noisy commotion; fracas; rumpus:
The losers are sure to raise a ruckus.
a heated controversy:
Newspapers fostered the ruckus by printing the opponents' letters.
Origin of ruckus
1885-90, Americanism; probably blend of ruction and rumpus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ruckus
  • Take the ruckus that has erupted over the demise of the dinosaurs.
  • Don't intentionally cause a ruckus and then complain about the ruckus.
  • As usually they make ruckus push the migrants out and then eventually they will migrate back.
  • Diving from limb to limb, gabbling excitedly, they set up a menacing ruckus.
  • Not all alien species are from deep space, and not all alien invasions raise a ruckus.
  • Amazing how a little phase change can cause such a ruckus.
  • They came to raise a ruckus here this afternoon, to hoot and holler and cut the rug.
  • Although the generals did not triumph in the courtroom, they caused a ruckus in the world outside.
  • Villagers in the area awoke last night to quite a ruckus, thinking that an earthquake was underway.
  • Kim noticed the ruckus so he walked to the top step, lifted his arms and pumped them toward the fans.
British Dictionary definitions for ruckus


noun (pl) -uses
(informal) an uproar; ruction
Word Origin
C20: from ruction + rumpus
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Word Origin and History for ruckus

1890, possibly a blend of ruction and rumpus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ruckus



A disturbance; uproar; brawl; rumpus

[1890+; perhaps fr ruction plus rumpus]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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