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EtymologyEdit

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)

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NounEdit

kerfuffle (plural kerfuffles)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) A disorderly outburst, disturbance, commotion, or tumult.
    Synonyms: brouhaha, fracas, hubbub, hullaballoo, mess, racket

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kerfuffle (third-person singular simple present kerfuffles, present participle kerfuffling, simple past and past participle kerfuffled)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) To make a disorderly outburst or commotion.