Definition of brouhaha in US English:

brouhaha

noun

  • A noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.

    ‘all that election brouhaha’
    ‘24 members resigned over the brouhaha’
    • ‘The interesting thing about the BNP brouhaha is the media blackout.’
    • ‘Amid all the election brouhaha over here, it's easy to miss Jennifer Lopez's bid for power stateside.’
    • ‘What was lost amid the brouhaha about Martin's background was the display of arcane tradition that his election symbolised.’
    • ‘Davey Holmes's play More Lies About Jerzy recounts the main brouhahas without much fresh insight or dramatic interest.’
    • ‘Speaking of storms, what a brouhaha at work today.’
    • ‘But you and I both know that that will stir up a brouhaha on top of a brouhaha.’
    • ‘Boris' editorial was marked out by the brouhaha, twisted facts and exaggeration characteristic of British Conservatives in debate.’
    • ‘This is a brouhaha in Hong Kong because some people are citing this as definitive proof that China is usurping the September elections.’
    • ‘And on Wednesday, we had one of the brouhahas with the jurors, and we replaced it and put in a new juror.’
    • ‘For one thing, the brouhaha has provided her with plenty of material for her daytime job as a lecturer in marketing at Bangkok's Thammasat University.’
    • ‘The lesson from the current brouhaha is surely not that Scotland's exams must not be touched, but that educationalists got it completely wrong.’
    • ‘At first I thought Steve had conjured up the entire brouhaha to drum up publicity, but no.’
    • ‘Last week he listened to various angles around the Dunsink brouhaha, as well as stirring up a campaign to open Croke Park to non-Gaelic sports.’
    • ‘She would have been much amused by the recent brouhaha about Martin Scorsese's documentary about Bob Dylan.’
    • ‘The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee was asked to comment on the brouhaha over judging but said it would consider its response.’
    • ‘Complacency has never infected Smith, who has made the most of the abilities he possesses by ‘keeping his head down and getting on with it’, whatever the brouhahas going on around him.’
    • ‘The almost daily banana brouhahas had taken their inevitable toll on the island's economy.’
    • ‘Since the two test victories over Bangladesh there's been a something of a brouhaha in cricket circles about the validity of their presence in Test cricket.’
    • ‘I begged him not to say anything to Mother, knowing the way such things could and did turn into small town brouhahas.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the organisers remain unperturbed by the brouhaha.’
    disturbance, racket, uproar, tumult, ruckus, clamour, furore, hue and cry, palaver, fuss, stir, to-do, storm, maelstrom, melee
    View synonyms

Origin

Late 19th century: from French, probably imitative.

Pronunciation

brouhaha

/ˈbro͞ohäˌhä//ˈbruhɑˌhɑ/