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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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  • "I jist stepped into the kitchen while her light rolls fer supper was raisin' and got a ruckus fer it," was his mild answer.

    The Heart's Kingdom Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Say, Squint, your brain wasnt injured in that ruckus, was it?

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
  • He figured to start a ruckus, and then git me in the mix-up.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • "There seems to be some kind of a ruckus," Mr. Appel remarked as he stood up and leaned out the window.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • I suppose you'd feel happier if you weren't locked up in your cabin during the ruckus?

    Legacy James H Schmitz
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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