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CARFUFFLE, CURFUFFLE, Carfuchle, Curfuchel, Corfuffle, Curfuff, v. and n. [kɑr-, kər-, kʌr-, -′fʌf(l), -′fʌxl]

I. v.

1. To disarrange, throw into confusion; “to disorder” (Upper Bnff. 1916 T.S.D.C. II., s.v. carfuchle); “to tumble, to crease” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Often found as ppl.adj. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.1, Fif.10, Slg.3, Gsw.2, Lnk.3 1938. Bnff. 1914 3 :
Dinna curfuchel my apron.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 11:
Tell Jenny Cock, an' she jeer onie mair Ye ken where Dick curfuffl'd a' her hair.
Fif. 1875  A. Burgess Book of Nettercaps 54:
He's a' curfuffled i' the wurr — The least Thing gars him greet.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 84:
My brain hath been sae tufflt, An' my puir musie sae corfufflt, Wi' prose an' verse, ode, tale, an' sang.

2. To work in a trifling or ineffectual manner, to fiddle (Ags.17 1938). Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
He's aye curfufflin' on something.

II. n.

1. Disorder, mess; rumpling, creasing. Also fig. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.19, Ags.17, Fif.10, Arg.1 (rare), Kcb.1 1938. Cf. Curfuggle. Mry. 1928 5 :
The worset wis a' in a carfuffle.
Lth. 1813  G. Bruce Poems 65:
An' Jeanie's kirtle, aye sae neat, Gat there a sad carfuffle, An' rug, that day.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 244:
To dauner awa into the moss, far frae the carfuffle and idiotry o' a thochtless worl', . . . that is to me a happiness indeed.
Dmf. 1864  D. Bell Sel. from Writings 21:
They're constantly tumblin' owre chairs, and chasing the cat, and makin' sic a carfuffle.

2. A disagreement, quarrel (Ags.17, Fif.10, Kcb.10 1938). w.Dmf. 1925  W. A. Scott in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 17:
I still hear the children in their little curfuffs pause and ask, “Whae begoud it?”
Kcb. c.1900 4 :
There's an unco curfuff ta'en place atween them.

3. A state of excitement or agitation. Known to Bnff.2 1938. Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary (1818) xxix.:
My lord maun be turned feel outright . . . and he puts himself into sic a curfuffle for ony thing ye could bring him, Edie.
Ags. 1880  J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. of Sc. Life and Char. 34:
An' Robbie was in a carfuffle aboot her.
wm.Sc. [1835–1837]  Laird of Logan (1868) 299:
Fiery-tempered bodies aye get into a carfuffle about trifles.

4. A term of contempt (Bnff.2 1938). Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 16:
A wee carfuffle o' fa bodie, Wha kept the late Laird leather-shod aye.

5. pl. “Trimmings on dresses or other garments which are considered superfluous” (m.Dmf.3 c.1920).

[Car-, an intensive pref. from Gael. car, a twist or turn. For second element, see Fuffle. D.O.S.T. gives curfuffle (1583), to disorder or ruffle.]

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"Carfuffle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 May 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/carfuffle>

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