Kerfuffle definition

kûr-fŭfəl
(chiefly brit., informal) Disorder; uproar; confusion.
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A to-do or fuss.
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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.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kerfuffle - curfuffle, kerfluffle, kurfuffle

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kerfuffle
Plural:
kerfuffles

Origin of kerfuffle

  • Scots variant of curfuffle cur- intensive pref. (from Scots Gaelic car twist, turn about) (from Old Irish cor a turn sker-2 in Indo-European roots) fuffle put into disorder (of imitative origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Scots curfuffle, equivalent to ker- +‎ fuffle, or related to Irish cior thual (“char athwart: confusion, disorder”). Similar to modern Welsh cythrwfl (“uproar, trouble, agitation”)

    From Wiktionary