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
  1. noun
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    synonyms: commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, to-do
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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
    maelstrom, storm, tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    storm center, storm centre
    a center of trouble or disturbance
    garboil, tumult, tumultuousness, uproar, zoo
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    combustion
    a state of violent disturbance and excitement
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    disorder
    a disturbance of the peace or of public order
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