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cussed; cussing; cusses

transitive verb

: curse
often used with out
got cussed out by his boss
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
This California school board president has 2 DUIs and cusses. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 Betty Sykes didn’t give a cuss what came out of her mouth—and much of it was cusses—or who listened. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 How many f**king cuss words are in these sh**ty video games, anyway? Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2014 Betty Sykes didn’t give a cuss what came out of her mouth—and much of it was cusses—or who listened. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 The Stamos party happened to be on the same flight out of Munich with U.S. players, and Gregory remembers hearing players, who had refused to accept the silver medals, letting out cuss words over and over. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 10 Sep. 2022 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
While schools can still employ punitive discipline for severe actions such as violence or drug possessions, kids can now cuss out their teacher with impunity. Daniel Buck, National Review, 21 Oct. 2023 That carrier, who wished to remain anonymous out of fear for his safety on his route, had just dropped off some mail at a residence when a man started yelling at him and cussing him out. Brennon Dixson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 As for the disorderly conduct charges, police content Crews engaged in fighting and disobeyed the officer who told her to quit cussing and yelling in public. Carol Robinson |, al, 18 Aug. 2023 But that’s not why Sinéad was cussing at me that day on the phone. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 That woman, identified by police as 27-year-old Rebecca Armstrong, became to cuss at McCloud, accused her of following her for weeks, and then shot her, McCloud said. Carol Robinson |, al, 27 July 2023 That caused Kuss to go down, leading to a massive pile-up of about 20 riders during Stage 15 of the race and perhaps a lot of cussing along the way. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 17 July 2023 The footage captured him cussing and saying the scissors kept falling out of his hand. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2023 The man denied it, and Rendon cussed at the fan and took a swipe at him with his left hand before walking away. Michael Wagaman,, 1 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History



alteration of curse

First Known Use


1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1768, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuss was in 1768

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“Cuss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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