Definition of kerfuffle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈfʌfl//
; NAmE NAmE//kərˈfʌfl//
[singular] (British English, informal)
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unnecessary excitement or activity synonym commotion, fuss What’s all the kerfuffle about? Word Origin early 19th cent.: perhaps from Scots curfuffle (probably from Scottish Gaelic car ‘twist, bend’ + imitative Scots fuffle ‘to disorder’), or related to Irish cior thual ‘confusion, disorder’.