Slang – Hullabaloo.

Meaning – A commotion, disturbance, uproar or fuss. This expression is used to describe some kind of noisy argument or disagreement. A hullabaloo is a loud noise caused by people who are annoyed or angry. This slang can also be used to describe a loud and chaotic situation, or a lot of excited activity.

Hullabaloo is British English slang. This expression originated in Scotland. This is quite an old-fashioned expression that is still used today. There is another Scottish slang expression that can be used to describe a noisy or lively argument – argy-bargy!

If you are interested in Scottish culture check out our photo vocabulary page on bagpipes. You might also like to check out our article on the slang expression numpty, a phrase that can be used to describe a foolish person.

A similar informal expression is kerfuffle.


  • “I just wanted to borrow a book but the librarian was crazy. He created a hullabaloo over nothing!”

In The News:

Amid hullabaloo on trading hours extension, where does India stand against global peers?

What is FunkyEnglish?

FunkyEnglish is a website that helps you improve your English. We offer quick lessons that teach idiomsslangphrasal verbs and more. Visit our homepage to see our latest articles, or use the menu to find specific content!