EtymologyThe Oxford English Dictionary has this as a native English word, first appearing in print in 1762 (Smollett). The OED and other etymologists do not consider the possibility that the word was introduced from India into the English language. The term 'Hullabol' is still used in Indian English to describe a type of public demonstration, involving making a great noise. 'Hulla' is either derived from 'Hamla' meaning 'attack' or from 'halhala' meaning 'ululation' (both words from Persian and then Urdu). 'Bol' is from the Hindi verb 'bolna', 'to utter or say'.
uproar or fuss
The word hullabaloo is an English noun meaning an uproar or fuss. Hullabaloo may also refer to:
- Hullabaloo Community Quire, a community choir based in Brighton, UK
- Hullabaloo (film), a 1940 film
- Hullabalooza, a fictional music festival, featured in The Simpsons episode, "Homerpalooza".
- Hullabaloo (TV series), an NBC musical variety series
- Hullabaloo (The Farm album), a 1984 album by British indie band The Farm
- Hullabaloo Soundtrack, a 2002 compilation/live album and DVD recorded by the British alternative rock band Muse
- Hullabaloo (rave), a rave production company run by DJ Anabolic Frolic
- The Tulane Hullabaloo, the student newspaper of Tulane University
- A noisy and inconsiderate party of city-dwellers, hirers of the Margoletta according to the protagonists of Arthur Ransome's novel Coot Club
- Hullabaloo (club), a 1960s rock and roll club in Los Angeles
- Hullabaloo (festival), aka The Great Hullabaloo, a music arts festival originally slated in 1976 for Idaho Falls, ID.
- The Hullaballoos, a British Invasion rock and roll band
- Hullabaloo, a game.
- Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, debut book by Kiran Desai
- Hullabaloo and Harold, a short lived Disney program starring Randy Polito.
- Digby's Hullabaloo, an influential liberal blog.
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