from The Century Dictionary.

  • To disorder; ruffle; dishevel. Also carfuffle, fuffle.
  • noun The state of being disordered or ruffled; agitation; perturbation.


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  • Origin Scottish curfuffle, meaning disorder, agitation.

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  • Now, this has gotten to be such a curfuffle (ph), if you will, the Dutch Defense Minister yesterday called the U.S. ambassador and said, I want an explanation.

    CNN Transcript Jan 17, 2008

  • CARMEN VAN KERCKHOVE, CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, NEW DEMOGRAPHIC: Well, I really see this as being very much similar to the curfuffle around Don Imus and Michael Richards in that we really focus a lot on the use of racial slurs by public figures.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2008

  • There was a whole curfuffle about why he didn't wear a flag pin, which, by the way, he wears now, one that was given to him by a veteran.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2008

  • It has caused quite a curfuffle here today, and we'll fell you a little bit about that later.

    CNN Transcript Feb 18, 2008

  • The last time there was a Condi photo curfuffle it was when "USA Today" brightened a photo that was too dark, especially around the eyes.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2006

  • Another twist in the saga of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, she now says she's sorry about that little curfuffle (ph) with Capitol police.

    CNN Transcript Apr 7, 2006

  • Good way to come back from vacation, with a curfuffle.

    CNN Transcript Aug 14, 2006

  • M. O'BRIEN: Also at the White House this morning, a little espionage curfuffle.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2005

  • BOB FRANKEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, I'm still trying to figure out what a curfuffle is, but ...

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2005


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  • also spelled kerfuffle. The variant spellings are analogous to those for curb and kerb.

    February 2, 2008

  • That's qurious.

    October 20, 2008

  • A fuflun for dogs, because even canines deserve a dessert now and again.

    December 8, 2010

  • Hmm...I like it!

    December 8, 2010

  • Appears in an episode of Downton Abbey, spoken by Mary, possibly in the library. The same episode contained another fun, rare word. If I think of it I'll try posting it here, under Comments for CURFUFFLE. The other fabulous word used in the same Downton Abbey episode as curfuffle, is falderal

    April 22, 2017