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tousle

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

Simple Definition of tousle

  • : to make (someone's hair) untidy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tousle

tousled

tousling

play \ˈtau̇z-liŋ, ˈtau̇s-; ˈtau̇-zə-, -sə-\
  1. :  dishevel, rumple <tousled hair>

Examples of tousle in a sentence

  1. She tousled the little boy's hair.

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



Did You Know?

Tousle is a word that has been through what linguists call a "functional shift." That's a fancy way of saying it was originally one part of speech, then gradually came to have an additional function. "Tousle" started out as a verb back in the 15th century. By the late 19th century, "tousle" was also being used as a noun meaning "a tangled mass (as of hair)." Etymologists connect the word to an Old High German word meaning "to pull to pieces."

Origin and Etymology of tousle

Middle English touselen, frequentative of -tousen


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with tousle

housel, spousal


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tousle

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

Definition of tousle

  1. 1 Scottish :  rough dalliance :  tussle

  2. 2 :  a tangled mass (as of hair)



1788

First Known Use of tousle

1788


TOUSLE Defined for Kids

tousle

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verb tou·sle \ˈtau̇-zəl\

Definition of tousle for Students

tousled

tousling

  1. :  to put into disorder by rough handling <She tousled my hair.>





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