Definition of commotion in English:

commotion

noun

  • 1A state of confused and noisy disturbance.

    ‘she was distracted by a commotion across the street’
    [mass noun] ‘they set off firecrackers to make a lot of commotion’
    • ‘Alerted by the commotion the burglar was disturbed and chased by pub regulars but he got away.’
    • ‘If the other orphans see that they'll cause a commotion and stir up so much trouble.’
    • ‘I heard some noise and his excited voice and a whole lot of other commotions.’
    • ‘Being out with Maggie caused quite a sensation, quite a commotion.’
    • ‘Neighbours spoke of hearing a loud bang and a commotion, as police, paramedics and the fire brigade attended the scene.’
    • ‘About a dozen officers moved in swiftly to make sure the commotion didn't spread.’
    • ‘People opened their windows or came out into the street to see what the commotion was about.’
    • ‘A passing cab driver, who heard the commotion and spotted the fire coming from the flat, called police.’
    • ‘In an interview held within hours of the incident Richardson told officers how there was a loud commotion and banging on his door.’
    • ‘What began as a small commotion is quickly growing into a full-blown riot.’
    • ‘Police said one of his neighbours heard the commotion and chased the suspect towards the nearby pub where he lost sight of him.’
    • ‘In the commotion the victim was punched in the face by both attackers and left bruised, but didn't need hospital treatment.’
    • ‘‘We heard a commotion on the beach so we got up and ran to see what was going on,’ he said.’
    • ‘The city was quiet, in the lull between the commotion and bustle of the day and the casual activity of night.’
    • ‘He went outside on the second floor balcony of his house to see what the commotion was all about in their garden.’
    • ‘I had to buy a pair of shoes but half way through my purchase a commotion erupted outside in the street.’
    • ‘On the morning of this tragedy, a neighbour and close friend heard all the commotion and ran across the road to see if Ruth was OK.’
    • ‘A neighbour was alerted by the commotion and the Metropolitan Police and an ambulance were called.’
    • ‘First, before he gets started, there's a commotion in the middle of the audience.’
    • ‘His arms around his head, he shut his eyes, blocking out all the commotions that came from outside his room and making his mind completely blank, devoid of any obvious emotions.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
    turmoil, disorder, confusion, chaos, mayhem, havoc, pandemonium, upheaval, unrest, fracas, riot, breach of the peace, disruption, agitation, excitement, hurly-burly, hubbub, disquiet, ferment, bother, folderol, bustle, hustle and bustle
    donnybrook
    tamasha
    bangarang
    song and dance, pantomime, production, rumpus, ruction, ructions, ballyhoo, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, aggro, argy-bargy
    carry-on, kerfuffle, row, stink, splash, hoopla
    foofaraw
    bobsy-die
    affray
    broil
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Civil insurrection.
      ‘damage caused by civil commotion’
      • ‘The winter that was to provide respite from the summer's commotion only proved to be worse.’
      • ‘The climax of these commotions came during the fourth week of September, when the parliament returned in triumph from its exile.’
      • ‘Urban commotions, however, were to continue into the seventeenth century.’
      • ‘Aaron held him down though, preventing any commotion that would endanger our lives as well as the captains.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin commotio(n-), from com- altogether + motio (see motion).

Pronunciation:

commotion

/kəˈməʊʃ(ə)n/