\ ˈkəs How to pronounce cuss (audio) \

Definition of cuss

 (Entry 1 of 2)


cussed; cussing; cusses

Definition of cuss (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: curse often used with out got cussed out by his boss

Other Words from cuss


cusser noun

Examples of cuss in a Sentence

Noun a man who has never uttered a single cuss Verb She started to yell and cuss as soon as she saw him. the little girl clapped her hands over her ears when her brother started cussing
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An image of Bender, DiMaggio's alcohol-binging, cigar-smoking, cuss-slinging robot, was used by Hulu to promote the news of the revival — but DiMaggio's name was not mentioned among the returning cast. Nick Romano,, 10 Feb. 2022 There was no way that after almost 20 years, the gun-toting, muumuu-wearing, glad-to-cuss-everybody-out elderly woman would leave so quietly. Essence, 28 Jan. 2022 The cuss bucket became a national story when NPR mentioned it on the air at the time. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 1 Dec. 2021 As if coaches needed another reason to use cuss words. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 The new version has SZA singing in Spanish for the first time, and, of course, our girl went right for the cuss words. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 The 13th sign of the zodiac is Ophiuchus (pronoucned or-phew-cuss), a summer constellation well known to stargazers but ignored by traditional astrology. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 But there’s more fighting to be had when Hughie and Corey briefly cuss at each other and bump chests before neatly making up. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 Yet, my familiarity with the language extends to greetings and cuss words. Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Earlier this month, Rico Nasty had to stop a set to cuss out an audience while opening for Playboi Carti. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 Not only do some fans teach their young children to cuss at you and throw middle fingers at their opponent, the teams' buses are escorted into the Cotton Bowl by law enforcement … just because. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 There’s something special about the moment a pop star takes the opportunity to cuss in key. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2020 But now you're forced to let people get right up here and scream at you and cuss you. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 27 Oct. 2020 So when your opponent spikes the only card in the deck to beat you, don’t kick over your computer, throw your mouse across the room and cuss out your best friend of 30 years. Murray Valeriano, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2020 The cool-headed and sometimes cussed contrarianism of libertarians is an important balm or check on public hysteria. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 7 Apr. 2020 This was just this morning after cussing me out all week. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, 17 Feb. 2020 Real Jamaican working people bargaining, cussing and laughing. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, 10 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cuss


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1768, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cuss


alteration of curse

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