curfuffle (n.) 1813 (carfuffle), first used by Scottish writers, from a dialect word of Scotland based on fuffle "to throw into disorder;" first element probably as in kersplash, etc. (see KER- (Cf. ker-)).

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  • kerfuffle — n. esp. Brit. colloq. a fuss or commotion. Etymology: Sc. curfuffle f. fuffle to disorder: imit …   Useful english dictionary

  • carfuffle — I. kärˈfəfəl, kər transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Scots car (from Scottish Gaelic car turn, twist) + fuffle, v. Scotland : di …   Useful english dictionary

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