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
    synonyms: 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, zoo
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
    type of:
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  2. noun
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    synonyms: din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
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    ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
    a rapid active commotion
    type of:
    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
  3. noun
    confused movement
    “a commotion of people fought for the exits”
    synonyms: whirl, whirlwind
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    type of:
    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
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