kerfuffle

[ ker-fuhf-uhl ]
/ kərˈfʌf əl /

noun

Chiefly British Informal. a fuss; commotion.

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Origin of kerfuffle

First recorded in 1945–50; from Scots curfuffle, equivalent to cur- (from Scots Gaelic car “to twist, turn,” from Old Irish cor “a turn) + fuffle “to disorder, confuse” (of imitative origin)
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British Dictionary definitions for kerfuffle

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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