kerfuffle

kerfuffle

[ker-fuhf-uhl]
noun
Chiefly British Informal. a fuss; commotion.

Origin:
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)
 
n
1.  informal chiefly (Brit) commotion; disorder; agitation
 
vb
2.  (Scot) (tr) to put into disorder or disarray; ruffle or disarrange
 
[from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange]
 
carfuffle, carfuffle or kurfuffle
 
n
 
vb
 
[from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange]
 
kurfuffle, carfuffle or kurfuffle
 
n
 
vb
 
[from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange]

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Main Entry:  kerfuffle
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  disorder, commotion; also written curfuffle, kafuffle, gefuffle
Main Entry:  kerfuffle
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See kafuffle
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