kerfuffle


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ker·fuf·fle

 (kûr-fŭf′əl)
n. Informal
A to-do or fuss: "Among the oldest corpses from which readable DNA has been extracted is a Neanderthal man. Imagine the kerfuffle if somebody managed to clone him" (Richard Dawkins).

[Scots, variant of curfuffle : cur-, intensive pref. (from Scots Gaelic car, twist, turn about, from Old Irish cor, a turn; see sker- in Indo-European roots) + fuffle, put into disorder (of imitative origin).]

kerfuffle

(kəˈfʌfəl) ,

carfuffle

or

kurfuffle

n
informal chiefly Brit commotion; disorder; agitation
vb
(tr) Scot to put into disorder or disarray; ruffle or disarrange
[from Scottish curfuffle, carfuffle, from Scottish Gaelic car twist, turn + fuffle to disarrange]

kerfuffle


Past participle: kerfuffled
Gerund: kerfuffling

Imperative
kerfuffle
kerfuffle
Present
I kerfuffle
you kerfuffle
he/she/it kerfuffles
we kerfuffle
you kerfuffle
they kerfuffle
Preterite
I kerfuffled
you kerfuffled
he/she/it kerfuffled
we kerfuffled
you kerfuffled
they kerfuffled
Present Continuous
I am kerfuffling
you are kerfuffling
he/she/it is kerfuffling
we are kerfuffling
you are kerfuffling
they are kerfuffling
Present Perfect
I have kerfuffled
you have kerfuffled
he/she/it has kerfuffled
we have kerfuffled
you have kerfuffled
they have kerfuffled
Past Continuous
I was kerfuffling
you were kerfuffling
he/she/it was kerfuffling
we were kerfuffling
you were kerfuffling
they were kerfuffling
Past Perfect
I had kerfuffled
you had kerfuffled
he/she/it had kerfuffled
we had kerfuffled
you had kerfuffled
they had kerfuffled
Future
I will kerfuffle
you will kerfuffle
he/she/it will kerfuffle
we will kerfuffle
you will kerfuffle
they will kerfuffle
Future Perfect
I will have kerfuffled
you will have kerfuffled
he/she/it will have kerfuffled
we will have kerfuffled
you will have kerfuffled
they will have kerfuffled
Future Continuous
I will be kerfuffling
you will be kerfuffling
he/she/it will be kerfuffling
we will be kerfuffling
you will be kerfuffling
they will be kerfuffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kerfuffling
you have been kerfuffling
he/she/it has been kerfuffling
we have been kerfuffling
you have been kerfuffling
they have been kerfuffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kerfuffling
you will have been kerfuffling
he/she/it will have been kerfuffling
we will have been kerfuffling
you will have been kerfuffling
they will have been kerfuffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kerfuffling
you had been kerfuffling
he/she/it had been kerfuffling
we had been kerfuffling
you had been kerfuffling
they had been kerfuffling
Conditional
I would kerfuffle
you would kerfuffle
he/she/it would kerfuffle
we would kerfuffle
you would kerfuffle
they would kerfuffle
Past Conditional
I would have kerfuffled
you would have kerfuffled
he/she/it would have kerfuffled
we would have kerfuffled
you would have kerfuffled
they would have kerfuffled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kerfuffle - a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
turmoil, upheaval, convulsion - a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market"
earthquake - a disturbance that is extremely disruptive; "selling the company caused an earthquake among the employees"
incident - a public disturbance; "the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
stir, splash - a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event; "he made a great splash and then disappeared"
tempest, storm - a violent commotion or disturbance; "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot"
storm center, storm centre - a center of trouble or disturbance
garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar - a state of commotion and noise and confusion
Translations

kerfuffle

[kəˈfʌfl] N (Brit) → jaleo m, follón m (Sp)

kerfuffle

n (Brit inf) (= noise)Lärm m, → Gedöns nt (inf); (= fight)Balgerei f (inf); (= trouble)Theater nt (inf)

kerfuffle

[kəˈfʌfl] n (Brit) → bagarre f inv
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