Updated: Nov 25
Pronunciation: [ kər-ˈfə-fəl ]
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’
Example: The yelling match between the partners was quite the kerfuffle in the office.