Definition of hubbub in US English:



  • 1A chaotic din caused by a crowd of people.

    ‘a hubbub of laughter and shouting’
    • ‘The story in Seymour about the old monk dying and trying to overhear a conversation about washing, over the pious hubbub of the surrounding crowd is bathetic in the true sense.’
    • ‘The hubbub subsided into a low ripple of murmurs.’
    • ‘In fact I did read about a fantastic new device which can listen in on a hubbub (lovely word) of conversation and pick up each individual speaker and transcribe the speech.’
    • ‘The announcement hushed the crowd but soon the hubbub returned and the misfortune was forgotten.’
    • ‘Guinevere knew that this would be the door she would have to go out; she could even hear the hubbub of the crowd outside.’
    • ‘Ves sat down at his usual table down the back of the room, away from the usual hubbub of noise, and dug in to his meal.’
    • ‘Inside, the aisles were packed with at least six or seven tour groups of varying nationality making such a hubbub that any contemplation or prayer would have been impossible.’
    • ‘The home to peregrine falcons, these riverside cliffs give a feel for what wilderness canoeing must be all about if you can ignore the hubbub from the river banks and the other canoeists and kayakers on the river.’
    • ‘Shortly after 9am, the high-pitched hubbub of excited schoolchildren was replaced by the roar of heavy vehicles, shouting, barked commands and gunshots.’
    • ‘As I walked I heard, rising above the normal hubbub of the market, the computer generated sounds of a video arcade - a tiny stall, open to the street, dim and dingy.’
    • ‘He escorted her into the living room where he found a scantily clad and disheveled young couple, who had ventured down stairs to investigate the hubbub.’
    • ‘The hubbub and laughter rang round the hall all day, occasionally to the accompaniment of music recalled from past years.’
    • ‘By midnight, they'd shut the toilets completely, and, other than a steady hubbub of people talking and laughing and singing, there was little else of note.’
    • ‘You have never listened to your voice because of all the hubbub around you,’ she says.’
    • ‘Recalling the best comedies of the era, the chatter in the early scenes is a hubbub of words, yet the sound is mixed so that Kane's voice rises above the others.’
    • ‘What sounds greet your ears - the happy hubbub of engaged learners working on projects together or disruption and shouting?’
    • ‘As journalists protested, the lieutenant said above the hubbub: ‘We are going to open fire on this hotel.’’
    • ‘The great hubbub of the crowd made it futile to call for him.’
    • ‘A metachamber, not ringing with echoes at all, but with the grand hubbub that is the sounds of the little echo chambers (occasionally with a population of one) singing into the void.’
    • ‘The only discordant note in the amicable hubbub was the sound of customers fighting over the right to settle their minuscule checks.’
    noise, loud noise, din, racket, commotion, clamour, ruckus, cacophony, babel
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    1. 1.1 A busy, noisy situation.
      ‘she fought through the hubbub’
      • ‘‘I knew the time was there,’ said Coulthard, who had started the day by cycling round the route before the hubbub of the day began.’
      • ‘‘The aim has been to produce a shopping hubbub,’ said Mr Adams.’
      • ‘And the city is unbelievable too - a mad hubbub of noise and action.’
      • ‘Amidst all the hubbub about politician's perks last week, one chap escaped everyone's notice until it came up in Senate estimates this week.’
      • ‘Much of what he has been saying has no doubt been lost in the hubbub over the recall process, but he has not really emerged as the powerful spokesman for free enterprise and unlimited opportunity that we expected to hear.’
      • ‘Friends say he reacted badly to being doorstepped amid the hubbub of arrival because he is always wary of the Scottish media (and has good reason to be).’
      • ‘I do wonder if there was the same hubbub over the phone as an end in itself with not enough emphasis given to the activities & businesses it enables.’
      • ‘Its location, however, offers an easy escape from the hubbub of the downtown area and an ideal resort for enjoying rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenery.’
      • ‘AWAY FROM the hubbub of the press call, Murray is relaxed.’
      • ‘He has no use for the Tokyo hubbub and ventures outside only at his peril; the hotel's low-lit bar and its lounge act are more his speed.’
      • ‘She says: ‘We are really fortunate that we are able to live where we do here in Nairn and not in the heart of a big hubbub that is more similar to the hubbub of work.’’
      • ‘They were built to attract wealthy clientele, seeking to avoid the hubbub of the city centre.’
      • ‘But the Poulton Heritage Group wants to make sure that veterans of those historic days are not forgotten in the hubbub surrounding the festival on September 10, 11 and 12.’
      • ‘She says that the media hubbub caused by our anti-prepubescent legislation opened the door to a handful of well-paying corporate gigs.’
      • ‘This is what's known in the Pentagon as information operations and the Pentagon still is refusing to say whether that actually violates any Pentagon policy, despite all the hubbub.’
      • ‘Her obstinate search for justice, despite her advancing pregnancy and the opposition of her husband and his family, takes her to the bewildering hubbub of the city.’
      • ‘When they got to the market, she remembered being awed by all the scents and sounds, the hubbub of the nearby villagers and passing tourists.’
      • ‘The teams won't want to be in the hubbub of London but they will want to be in the country, acclimatising and preparing.’
      • ‘Air traffic control may be the danger area, but on a day like this you also start thinking about human traffic: the hubbub on the floor, the sheer moaning, agitated, sweaty-palmed mass of humanity on the ground.’
      • ‘I never really lived in L.A. I don't like all the hubbub.’
      confusion, chaos, pandemonium, bedlam, mayhem, uproar, disorder, turmoil, tumult, fracas, hurly-burly, havoc, brouhaha
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Mid 16th century: perhaps of Irish origin; compare with the Irish exclamations ababú, abú, used in battle cries.