kerfuffle

A kerfuffle is some kind of commotion, controversy, or fuss. If you read about a scandal in a newspaper, it could be described as a kerfuffle.

Kerfuffle is a humorous-sounding word for a mostly non-humorous situation: some kind of disturbance, scandal or mess. However, a kerfuffle usually isn't 100% serious. People talking loudly in public could be making a kerfuffle. If a politician says something embarrassing by accident, it could cause a kerfuffle. Often, people use this word when they think people are making too big a deal of something, as in "What's the kerfuffle all about?"

Definitions of kerfuffle
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n a disorderly outburst or tumult

Synonyms:
commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, to-do
Types:
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convulsion, turmoil, upheaval
a violent disturbance
earthquake
a disturbance that is extremely disruptive
incident
a public disturbance
splash, stir
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
storm, tempest
a violent commotion or disturbance
storm center, storm centre
a center of trouble or disturbance
garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
combustion
a state of violent disturbance and excitement
Type of:
disorder
a disturbance of the peace or of public order

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