commotion A commotion happens when a lot of people are running around making a lot of noise.. commotion. The laughter of the townspeople caused a lot of commotion.Which wouldn\'t cause a commotion- banging pot and pans together or waving to a friend? Explain.. commotion. Would a playground be a place where there might be a commotion? Why or why not?What kind of weather might cause a commotion and wake you up at night?Name some places where you would NOT expect a commotion..