- The definition of a kerfuffle is a British word for a state of confusion or disorder.
An example of a kerfuffle is rushing around to find important papers before a big presentation.
Chiefly Brit., Informal disorder; uproar; confusion
A to-do or fuss: “Among the oldest corpses from which readable DNA has been extracted is a Neanderthal man. Imagine the kerfuffle if somebody managed to clone him” (Richard Dawkins).
Origin of kerfuffleScots, variant of curfuffle : cur-, intensive pref. (from Scots Gaelic car, twist, turn about, from Old Irish cor, a turn; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + fuffle, put into disorder (of imitative origin).