Kerfuffle Ballyhoo Hoo-ha and Hullabaloo



plural kerfuffles

informal: a disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict

In all the kerfuffle, nobody seemed to have noticed Harry, which suited him perfectly.

J. K. Rowling

It’s not the only school with dress code issues; almost every week there’s a local story about some kerfuffle over what kids wear to school.

Belinda Luscombe




plural ballyhoos

1: a noisy attention-getting demonstration or talk

2: flamboyant, exaggerated, or sensational promotion or publicity

3: excited commotion

ballyhoo transitive verb




variants or less commonly hoo-hah


: a state or condition of excitement, agitation, or disturbance

: commotion, uproar

… she wore the jacket again … —wore it unapologetically knowing all the hoo-ha it had caused

Vanessa Friedman

“I remember one time there was a big hoo-hah about a rare bird.

Lee Child




plural hullabaloos

1 informal

: a loud, continued noise or mixture of noises

: din

Why do roosters crow? If they’re like insects and frogs, that hullabaloo is an ad for a mate …


Somebody heard the splash and they raised an awful hullabaloo. ‘He’s gone! Lower the boats! …’

Joseph Conrad

…Hunt and her pack of highly trained dogs set off a hellacious hullabaloo, yelling and barking, discharging firecrackers …—

Christine Paige

2 informal

: a state of commotion, excitement, or violent disturbance

: uproar, fuss

Would there be such a hullabaloo about the violence in her books if they had been written by a man?

Laura Z. Hobson

Sunday was a big day for the Philadelphia Phillies mascot … . It was his 40th birthday, and there was a big hullabaloo.

Liz Roscher

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo recently about the effects that grapefruit can have on certain meds.

Chanie Kirschner

When I heard the series would finally be available to stream on Hulu, I decided to finally see what all the hullabaloo was about.

Josh Sorokach


From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary On-line

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