[ker-fuhf-uh l]


Chiefly British Informal. a fuss; commotion.

Origin of kerfuffle

1945–50; < Scots curfuffle < cur- (< Scots Gaelic car ‘to twist, turn’ < Old Irish cor ‘a turn’) + fuffle ‘to disorder, confuse’ (of imitative origin) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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carfuffle or kurfuffle


informal, mainly British commotion; disorder; agitation


(tr) Scot to put into disorder or disarray; ruffle or disarrange

Word Origin for kerfuffle

from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange
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Word Origin and History for kerfuffle

"row, disturbance," c.1930, first in Canadian English, ultimately from Scot. curfuffle.

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