Definition of hoopla in English:



  • 1British A game in which rings are thrown from behind a line in an attempt to encircle one of several prizes.

    • ‘The event, on July 3 from 11 am - 4.30 pm, is to be an old-fashioned fair, with coconut shies and hooplas rather than more modern games.’
    • ‘There were lots of stalls and games, including darts, skittles and a hoopla.’
    • ‘Stalls include work stall, country produce, cake stall, white elephant, books, hoopla and teas.’
    • ‘The crowds were entertained by an array of stalls and games, including the traditional hoopla and lucky dip.’
    • ‘The children were so busy enjoying themselves at the pool that the caricature, hoopla, wheel of fortune, and other stalls wore a deserted look.’
  • 2North American informal [mass noun] Unnecessary fuss surrounding something.

    ‘I really didn't know what the hoopla was all about’
    • ‘That's a lot of high-profile hoopla for a record that's essentially a chronicle of economic and emotional poverty.’
    • ‘I dislike the game but I do have fond memories of all the high school hoopla that attends the sport.’
    • ‘As usual, I'm more interested in observing the media coverage and surrounding hoopla than the actual sporting event.’
    • ‘Don't anticipate the same media hoopla that surrounded the events of two weeks ago.’
    • ‘When I finally saw the film, after over a year of hoopla surrounding it, its director, and the director's father, I found it to be a wholly unremarkable film.’
    • ‘There's a lot of hoopla, a lot of excitement at the beginning.’
    • ‘I've never enjoyed the end-of-the-year hoopla that surrounds December 31, but I do like welcoming in the new year.’
    • ‘Take a look at where we ended up after all that site-search hoopla: right at the very spot where our journey for a more progressive future had begun.’
    • ‘The hype and hoopla generated by the event did not excite everyone.’
    • ‘To avoid all this hoopla, why not level with him?’
    • ‘In light of all this hoopla, one of my readers wrote me asking who might have leaked this memo.’
    • ‘She comes across as an empty-headed, weak woman in all this hoopla over her book.’
    • ‘In an industry filled with as much hype and hoopla as the dotcom world in its heyday, Biogen is a company with products, revenues, profits, and prospects.’
    • ‘The hype and hoopla surrounding the film did not really wind up with its release, it only increased curiosity about ‘Baba’.’
    • ‘And new DVD releases are accompanied with an unending amount of excitement and marketing-driven hoopla.’
    • ‘All this hoopla surrounding one ugly little creature is a clear case of much ado about the wrong thing.’
    • ‘Ralph Nader announced his latest run for the presidency, amid press hoopla.’
    • ‘The race, which generated a donation of 1 million cans of soup for charity, was part of the silliness that accompanies Super Bowl hoopla.’
    • ‘The hoopla surrounding a wedding can be pretty distracting for a while, but eventually you will get home from the honeymoon and reality will be waiting for you.’
    • ‘When asked about the recent hoopla surrounding gay marriage, he barely musters enough interest to dismiss the conversation.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, brouhaha, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
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