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kerfuffle

[ker-fuhf-uh l] /kərˈfʌf əl/
noun
1.
Chiefly British Informal. a fuss; commotion.
Origin
1945-1950
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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British Dictionary definitions for kerfuffle

kerfuffle

/kəˈfʌfəl/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly Brit) commotion; disorder; agitation
verb
2.
(transitive) (Scot) to put into disorder or disarray; ruffle or disarrange
Word Origin
from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange
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Contemporary definitions for kerfuffle
noun

disorder, commotion; also written curfuffle , kafuffle , gefuffle

noun

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Word Origin and History for kerfuffle
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for kerfuffle

kerfuffle

noun

Disorder; confusion: Don Imus has thrown the capital into a kerfuffle

[1813+; fr Scots dialect; often spelled curfuffle]


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