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



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌbʌb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌbʌb//
    [singular, uncountable]
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  1. 1the loud sound made by a lot of people talking at the same time It was difficult to hear what he was saying over the hubbub. It was some time before the hubbub of laughter died down.
  2. 2a situation in which there is a lot of noise, excitement and activity the hubbub of city life He was left wondering what all the hubbub and expectancy had been about.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: perhaps of Irish origin; compare with the Irish exclamations ababú, abú, used in battle cries.
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