A commotion is a noisy disturbance. If you’re trying to quietly concentrate on reading this, you wouldn’t want the person next to you to cause a commotion, or it would distract you.

Commotion, which comes from the Middle French word commocion, means “violent motion, agitation.” It can be a disorderly outburst or disruption, like someone yelling in the street at night, or five people arguing about someone talking on a cellphone while a play is being performed in front of them. Commotion can also describe out-of-control movement, like people pushing and shoving to get to the front row of a concert.

Definitions of commotion
  1. noun

    a disorderly outburst or tumult

    disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
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    convulsion, turmoil, upheaval

    a violent disturbance

    a disturbance that is extremely disruptive

    a public disturbance
    splash, stir

    a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
    maelstrom, 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

    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
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    a disturbance of the peace or of public order

  2. noun

    the act of making a noisy disturbance

    din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
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    ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir

    a rapid active commotion
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    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

  3. noun

    confused movement

    commotion of people fought for the exits”
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    motion, movement

    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

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