Definition of kerfuffle in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈfʌf(ə)l/


[in singular] British informal
A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views: there was a kerfuffle over the chairmanship
More example sentences
  • I can't think of any show I've ever been involved in that had such a kerfuffle around it.
  • There was a bit of a kerfuffle because he couldn't find his ticket before he got on the plane.
  • In fact, it was another 24 hours before they realised what an international kerfuffle the incident had caused, as the reaction around them in Bali itself was as if nothing much had happened.


Early 19th century: perhaps from Scots curfuffle (probably from Scottish Gaelic car 'twist, bend' + imitative Scots fuffle 'to disorder'), or related to Irish cior thual 'confusion, disorder'.

Words that rhyme with kerfuffle

duffel, muffle, ruffle, scuffle, shuffle, snuffle, truffle

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