transitive verb tou·sle \ˈta-zəl, -səl\

: to make (someone's hair) untidy

tou·sledtou·sling \ˈtaz-liŋ, ˈtas-; ˈta-zə-, -sə-\

Full Definition of TOUSLE

:  dishevel, rumple <tousled hair>

Examples of TOUSLE

  1. She tousled the little boy's hair.
  2. <his grandfather would always tousle the boy's neatly combed hair>

Origin of TOUSLE

Middle English touselen, frequentative of -tousen
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TOUSLE


noun tou·sle \ˈta-zəl, 1 is also ˈtü-\

Definition of TOUSLE

Scottish :  rough dalliance :  tussle
:  a tangled mass (as of hair)

First Known Use of TOUSLE



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