con·​cuss kən-ˈkəs How to pronounce concuss (audio)
concussed; concussing; concusses

transitive verb

: to affect with or as if with concussion

Examples of concuss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To draw attention to her wealth and privilege, Sanderson’s lawyers have probed Paltrow about the price of ski instructors at Deer Valley Resort — and her decision to leave the mountain to get a massage the day of the crash that broke four of Sanderson’s ribs and left him concussed. Sam Metz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2023 Gwyneth Paltrow in court for second day Gwyneth Paltrow is expected to appear in court for the second day of a trial in which she's accused of crashing into a skier at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, leaving him concussed and with four broken ribs. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 Skilled and brawny — his green-light hit in Game 2 last year concussed Hampus Lindholm — the 22-year-old scored three goals in seven games (3-1–4) against the Bruins in the first round. Matt Porter,, 18 Mar. 2023 He has been concussed, and carries pieces of shrapnel in his body. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2023 Getting hit to the head can concuss anyone. Ben Morse, CNN, 5 June 2021 McAvoy, who was concussed some 13 months ago, smacked the top of his helmet against the boards. Matt Porter,, 21 Jan. 2020 His hand and head were both numb, and he was still concussed. Eric Barton, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2020 In the third quarter, Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson got concussed from a vicious hit by Browns safety Damarious Randall, who was ejected. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, 14 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Latin concussus, past participle

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concuss was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Concuss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
con·​cuss kən-ˈkəs How to pronounce concuss (audio)
: to affect with concussion

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