\ 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

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Other Words from cuss


cusser noun

Examples of cuss in a Sentence


a man who has never uttered a single cuss


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Obviously, one player also taught him all the important cuss words. Alex Prewitt,, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 The show is appropriate for children who like the series, even though there are a few cuss words mixed among the magical curses. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: ‘Puffs’ is magical fun for Harry Potter fans," 26 June 2019 Standing atop it is the flinty personage of John Dutton (Kevin Costner, in ornery-cuss mode), the owner of Yellowstone Ranch, an expanse of grass, hills and testosterone the size of Rhode Island. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 The iffy bullpen has turned late innings into boom times for family cuss jars and stores that sell nicotine patches. San Antonio Express-News, "Whitley picks up where he left off," 8 June 2018 Bailey as a young cuss once showed up in the home clubhouse with a knife tucked into his boot. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: With Matt Harvey on Cincinnati Reds, it's Dr. Death vs. the Dark Knight," 11 May 2018 Nevin had been a fixture in the Villanova program, time and his illness transforming him from the ornery cuss who taped ankles into the resident prankster who dropped cigar butts in players’ sneakers before games. Mike Sielski,, "Don't forget: Sister Jean is more than just a meme | Mike Sielski," 30 Mar. 2018 So to hear this no-negotiation dating tip from my calm, reasonable grandmother, whom local lore said never uttered a cuss word in her 96 years on earth, was surprising. Cynthia R. Greenlee, Bon Appetit, "My Grandmother’s Very Specific Meat-Related Rule for Finding Love," 14 Feb. 2018 Friends called him a cantankerous cuss who hated talk about himself. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Fred Beckey, Conqueror and Chronicler of North American Peaks, Dies at 94," 31 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About eight or so performances in with Kiss, DeWille says during a show Simmons marched over to where he was stationed offstage and cussed him out. Matt Wake |, al, "How an Alabama company made Kiss pyro and fake blood," 28 July 2019 While Bonnie sits by her mother’s bedside (in between cussing out Detective Quinlan), things worsen between Celeste and Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) as the mother-in-law from hell plots to file a petition for full guardianship of the twins. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Big Little Lies' Crystal Fox teases Bonnie's mom's visions and what they could mean," 1 July 2019 Other players corroborated this, saying Sims cussed Bradforth out and screamed at him. Charlotte Carroll,, "Collapse and Confusion: The Death of a Juco Football Player," 24 June 2019 The handlers cussed Gallaher out, saying of course Wilkeson could play any bass. Matt Wake |,, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019 The guy was cussing and talking bad about the situation during the game. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Rajon Rondo opens up on how Anthony Davis rumors rattled the Lakers," 8 June 2019 Alternatively during Gary’s seven-year career on the North Side the coaches have cussed and praised him. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 94, Gary Famiglietti," 4 June 2019 My first instinct was to cuss out whoever had decided to wake me up. Clarkisha Kent, The Root, "It Be Your Own People: On Universal FanCon and the Perversion of Community," 24 Apr. 2018 On that April evening last year, according to interviews in the report, Lang yelled and cussed at the addiction and pain treatment doctor, Edwin Zong, in his office, and leapt across a desk to punch him repeatedly. Brian Rinker, Washington Post, "A Battered Doctor, A Slain Patient And A Family’s Quest For Answers," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of cuss was in 1768

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English Language Learners Definition of cuss

US, informal : to use offensive words when you speak


\ ˈkəs How to pronounce cuss (audio) \
cussed; cussing

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a period when something is suspended

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