kerfuffle
[ kər-ˈfə-fəl ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + 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’
Synonyms
  • ballyhoo
  • blather
  • bother
  • bustle
  • clatter
  • commotion
  • disturbance
  • fuss
  • hoopla
  • pandemonium
Antonyms
  • order
  • calm
  • peacefulness
  • tranquility
Definition
a disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict
Example
The yelling match between the partners was quite the kerfuffle in the office.
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