kerfuffle
noun Etymology: alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled Date: 1946 chiefly British disturbance, fuss

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  • kerfuffle — I Australian Slang 1. argument; 2. commotion; 3. rumpus II Canadian Slang Scottish word referring to a flurry of agitation, as in, There was quite a kerfuffle after Mike asked for the project three days early. III Scottish Vernacular Dictionary A …   English dialects glossary

  • kerfuffle — [[t]kə(r)fʌ̱f(ə)l[/t]] N SING A kerfuffle is a lot of argument, noisy activity, or fuss. [BRIT, INFORMAL] There was a bit of a kerfuffle during the race when a dog impeded the leading runners. Syn: commotion …   English dictionary

  • kerfuffle — noun /kəˈfʌfəl,kɚˈfʌfəl/ A disorderly outburst, disturbance, commotion or tumult. When she aired her views, she caused a bit of a kerfuffle at the meeting. Syn: brouhaha …   Wiktionary

  • kerfuffle — A confusing mess (noun); becoming disorganized (verb). The Mideast is a perpetual kerfuffle …   Dictionary of american slang

  • kerfuffle — A confusing mess (noun); becoming disorganized (verb). The Mideast is a perpetual kerfuffle …   Dictionary of american slang

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