Etymology
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brouhaha (n.)

1890, from French brouhaha (15c.), said by Gamillscheg to have been, in medieval theater, "the cry of the devil disguised as clergy." If it has an etymology, it is perhaps from Hebrew barukh habba' "blessed be the one who comes," used on public occasions (as in Psalm cxviii).

updated on August 09, 2017

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Definitions of brouhaha from WordNet

brouhaha (n.)
loud confused noise from many sources;
Synonyms: hubbub / uproar / katzenjammer
brouhaha (n.)
a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits;
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