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

n 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
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

n the act of making a noisy disturbance

din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
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

n confused movement

“a 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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