Part of speech: noun
Origin: Hebrew, unknown
A state of chaos; utter confusion.
Examples of Tohubohu in a sentence
"The mayor's unexpected announcement left the press in a tohubohu."
"After recess the students were always in a tohubohu."
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This word developed from the Hebrew word "tōhū wa-ḇōhū," which translates to "emptiness and desolation." Tohubohu is also found in the Bible, used in context to mean "without form and void."
Did you Know?
In a modern sense, tohubohu refers to a state of chaos. Originally, however, it meant something very different. The Hebrew phrase "tōhū wa-ḇōhū" refers to the world just before the creation of light. In this context, it means a lightless, endless void.