\ 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

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 This gallery also contains a rare example of an English cuss word appearing in a Japanese Nintendo manual. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Another classic Nintendo console, another insane dump of instruction manuals," 30 Sep. 2017 Before her Alzheimer's started progressing, Sandra was a voluble and vibrant person who could command a room, weighing in on any discussion and - perhaps to liven things up - peppering the conversation with cuss words. Katti Gray,, "Clinical trials need more minorities," 21 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 He was known by neighbors in suburban Citrus Heights for keeping his lawn manicured and cussing loudly. Michael Balsamo,, "Genealogy site didn’t know it was used to seek serial killer," 27 Apr. 2018 Engine builders, who often work deep into the night searching for extra bits of horsepower, have been known to cuss it like a mangy dog. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Restrictor plates add competitive, gimmicky shine to NASCAR All-Star Race," 19 May 2018 Who had the credibility, courage and respect to dog cuss a teammate out when necessary? Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has shown he is not afraid to take charge, bark at teammates," 12 June 2018 Think Pill Bill Cosby telling young black men to pull their pants up or telling Eddie Murphy not to cuss in his comedy sets. Monique Judge, The Root, "For White People Who Pretend Not to Understand What Racism Is or How It Works: Here’s a Refresher Course," 30 May 2018 According to another study, intelligent people are more likely to cuss. Fox News, "Trump reportedly told he's not a target in Cohen probe," 19 Apr. 2018 But being cussed out or flipped off by another patron at the martini bar is not anything like a restaurant refusing service. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Hey, Bud! Here's where to find beef Wellington and Yorkshire pudding," 26 June 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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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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