kerfuffle

[ ker-fuhf-uh l ]
/ kərˈfʌf əl /

noun

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)
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kerfuffle

carfuffle or kurfuffle

/ (kəˈfʌfəl) /

noun

informal, mainly British commotion; disorder; agitation

verb

(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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