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Kerfuffle

Updated: Nov 25

Pronunciation: [ kər-ˈfə-fəl ]

Definition: noun

a disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict

Origin: Early 19th century; Scottish Gaelic


Etymology: perhaps from Scots curfuffle (probably from Scottish Gaelic car ‘twist, bend’ + imitative Scots fuffle ‘to disorder’), or related to Irish cior thual ‘confusion, disorder’


Usage:



Synonyms:

  • ballyhoo

  • blather

  • bother

  • bustle

  • clatter

  • commotion

  • disturbance

  • fuss

  • hoopla

  • pandemonium

Antonyms:

  • order

  • calm

  • peacefulness

  • tranquility

Example: The yelling match between the partners was quite the kerfuffle in the office.

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