Definition of tumultuous in US English:

tumultuous

adjective

  • 1Making a loud, confused noise; uproarious.

    ‘tumultuous applause’
    • ‘Sets of fans from either side are roaring on their team, the tumultuous noise drowning out the chill.’
    • ‘‘In the name of God stop this massacre before it goes any further,’ he roared to tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘One of the most tumultuous rounds of cheering and applause was reserved by the delegates for a seemingly innocuous line about tax laws.’
    • ‘No one was listening or taking much of an interest, but when he was done a tumultuous round of applause greeted him.’
    • ‘The show played to full houses for a five-night run and ended to tumultuous applause on Saturday night.’
    • ‘There was a sudden burst of tumultuous noise from the concert area.’
    • ‘Hooting matatu taxis add to the confusion with their somewhat tumultuous chaos.’
    • ‘A tumultuous round of applause concluded the excited movement and all were treated to refreshments, much enjoyed by all.’
    • ‘The victorious team on arrival in Bunclody were greeted with tumultuous applause on their brilliant playing.’
    • ‘At the end the applause was tumultuous, sustained and deserved.’
    • ‘Thinking on her feet, Larmore sings an aria from the Barber of Seville, to tumultuous applause from the concourse.’
    • ‘Amir Khan enters the ring to tumultuous applause from the massed British supporters.’
    • ‘The air is filled with the tumultuous roar of a crowd expectant of a rugby match of high drama.’
    • ‘Sting left the stage to a tumultuous round of applause and three of the Beatles took over, Paul being the surprising omission.’
    • ‘We came out of the tunnel and were greeted by tumultuous applause.’
    • ‘These players were the real heroes on the night as they received a tumultuous applause from the attendance.’
    • ‘William and Ffion enter Downing Street to tumultuous Tory applause and waving of union flags.’
    • ‘New Zealand began accurately, Wales began badly, and never managed to stoke the crowd noise into something tumultuous.’
    • ‘Rimna held his hands up for silence, not even trying to speak over the tumultuous noise.’
    • ‘David came on to the Mayflower stage to tumultuous applause from a packed, mainly female middle-aged audience.’
    loud, deafening, thunderous, thundering, ear-shattering, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, uproarious, noisy, clamorous, vociferous
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    1. 1.1 Excited, confused, or disorderly.
      ‘a tumultuous crowd’
      ‘a tumultuous personal life’
      • ‘She was affected by the often tumultuous personal lives of her children.’
      • ‘I do recall that last Christmas was colder and far less settled than this year, a more tumultuous season of ups and downs.’
      • ‘The coming academic year is likely to be tumultuous, given the prevailing unrest among students on various counts.’
      • ‘More detailed inquiries took place in the 1940s after a period of tumultuous relationships and high - profile break-ups.’
      • ‘It's nice to see my tumultuous love-life brings so much happiness to other people.’
      • ‘The last time that we saw this tumultuous interplay between anarchy and oligarchy was in the 18th century.’
      • ‘All I know is this exchange will throw huge kinks into an already tumultuous life, and despite this fact, that I am anxious to go away.’
      • ‘The victory meant the end to a tumultuous year both personally and professionally for both surfers.’
      • ‘You've had some pretty tumultuous relationships with other band members in the past.’
      • ‘Hearst was the media magnate whose tumultuous life was parodied in the 1941 movie, Citizen Kane.’
      • ‘Authentic personal relationships sustained us through a tumultuous five years.’
      • ‘The party has always been tumultuous in personnel matters.’
      • ‘The brothers ended their tumultuous relationship with the corporate giant in a mutual agreement just hours ago.’
      • ‘Major League Baseball owns the Expos now, after a tumultuous 10 years.’
      • ‘Bedford Rugby has had some quite tumultuous years.’
      • ‘People were not aware of them in the tumultuous period during the election campaign.’
      • ‘All of those things, one after the other, these just tumultuous events.’
      • ‘Intensely narcissistic people often live tumultuous lives, as few people can tolerate them for long.’
      • ‘This sets the stage for the Fisher's often tumultuous personal matters.’
      • ‘Jeffrey was a tumultuous drinker and people would come from all around to watch him put it away.’
      tempestuous, stormy, turbulent, in turmoil, passionate, intense, explosive, violent, volatile, full of upheavals, full of ups and downs, roller-coaster, exciting
      disorderly, unruly, rowdy, uncontrolled, out of control, unrestrained, turbulent, boisterous, excited, agitated, restless, in turmoil, wild, riotous, hysterical, frenzied
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Old French tumultuous or Latin tumultuosus, from tumultus (see tumult).

Pronunciation

tumultuous

/t(y)o͞oˈməlCHo͞oəs//t(j)uˈməltʃuəs/