Definition of commotion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃn//
[countable, usually singular, uncountable]
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sudden noisy confusion or excitement I heard a commotion and went to see what was happening. The crowd waiting outside was causing a commotion. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin commotio(n-), from com- ‘altogether’ + motio, from movere ‘to move’.Extra examples The dogs set up a terrible commotion as we came near the house. The people upstairs were making a great commotion. What’s all the commotion about? I heard a commotion upstairs and went to see what was happening. She waited until the commotion died down. There was lots of shouting and commotion.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: commotion