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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commotion mean? 

  The noun COMMOTION has 3 senses:

1. a disorderly outburst or tumult
2. the act of making a noisy disturbance
3. confused movement

  Familiarity information: COMMOTION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1commotion [BACK TO TOP]


A disorderly outburst or tumult

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


kerfuffle; hurly burly; hoo-hah; hoo-ha; commotion; to-do; disruption; flutter; disturbance

Context example:

they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused

Hypernyms ("commotion" is a kind of...):

disorder (a disturbance of the peace or of public order)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commotion"):

convulsion; turmoil; upheaval (a violent disturbance)

earthquake (a disturbance that is extremely disruptive)

incident (a public disturbance)

splash; stir (a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event)

storm; tempest (a violent commotion or disturbance)

storm center; storm centre (a center of trouble or disturbance)

garboil; tumult; tumultuousness; uproar (a state of commotion and noise and confusion)

Sense 2commotion [BACK TO TOP]


The act of making a noisy disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


ruckus; ruction; rumpus; commotion; din; tumult

Hypernyms ("commotion" is a kind of...):

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commotion"):

ado; bustle; flurry; fuss; hustle; stir (a rapid active commotion)

Sense 3commotion [BACK TO TOP]


Confused movement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


whirl; commotion

Context examples:

he was caught up in a whirl of work / a commotion of people fought for the exits

Hypernyms ("commotion" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)

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