muss

noun
\ ˈməs How to pronounce muss (audio) \

Definition of muss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete
a : a game in which players scramble for small objects thrown to the ground
2 slang : a confused conflict : row
3 : a state of disorder : mess

muss

verb
mussed; mussing; musses

Definition of muss (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make untidy : disarrange

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Examples of muss in a Sentence

Noun careful planning had eliminated most of the muss that usually accompanies a move to a new house Verb His suit was mussed when he got out of the car. the wind mussed up my hair
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Various upgrades are available to purchase, but the basic service will let anyone do all of the above without too much muss or fuss. L.j. Kilgore, Ars Technica, "How to move your role-playing game nights online," 28 June 2020 Better yet, the silicone, microwavable bowl doubles as a serving piece once it's cooked and easily collapses for storage, allowing for a no-muss, no-fuss snacking experience. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 10 June 2020 No muss, no fuss, no bother!—to keep that country under the shah for another generation. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "The Striking Gesture," 27 Apr. 2020 Forget the fuss and muss associated with actual effort. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Marianne Williamson," 1 July 2019 Priorities are changing and no-muss, no-fuss canned drinks are in. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Is Hard Lemonade The New Drink Of Summer? Trader Joe's Thinks So," 20 June 2019 Sara Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss no muss after lying to the press, after inciting against the press. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway responds to Democrats' calls to abolish ICE," 3 July 2018 Many places sell meat by the pound and have catering menus, allowing you to have a smoke-free, no-muss backyard barbecue. Michele Parente, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's best BBQ: Here's where to make a pit stop," 13 May 2018 Time Capsule, especially, provided one-stop, no-muss backup for people who didn’t want to fiddle with external hard drives. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Apple’s Done Making Airport Routers, So Try These Instead," 28 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Curreri came onstage in jeans and a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, his beard short and his dark hair mussed. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 The black and white clip -- tinged with a touch of red on Trump's tie and his signature MAGA hats -- includes his legendary hair-mussing on The Tonight Show and a deep, soulful American flag embrace. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Pres. Trump Shared a Clip in the Style Of A-Ha's 'Take On Me' Video and Twitter Has Jokes," 1 Oct. 2019 So, is Chrissy and John's a custom piece, adding additional anxiety to the concept of mussing it? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why I'm on a Quest to Find Chrissy Teigen's "Fear Couch"," 3 Sep. 2019 His hair was fairly mussed sitting down to discuss the preceding 47-23 Alabama win on a hot day in South Carolina. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The good, bad news about Alabama’s defense," 15 Sep. 2019 Then, once the decision is made, the nervousness around mussing up the pristine new member of the household. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why I'm on a Quest to Find Chrissy Teigen's "Fear Couch"," 3 Sep. 2019 The show used to be the king of late night but stumbled in the ratings after Fallon’s now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump. Washington Post, "Parsons snub, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ love among Emmy surprises," 16 July 2019 Cillian passes him, mussing Rhys’s carefully parted hair into wild curls and laughing at Rhys’s frustration. David Canfield, EW.com, "Ready for more Slayer? Get a first look at Kiersten White's next Buffy-based novel," 17 July 2019 And that’s where the off-kilter, abbreviated bangs (slightly mussed with mists of McKnight's Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, which hung above the graphic jet-black eyes by makeup artist Peter Philips, came into play. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Paris Runway Will Change the Way You Think About Bangs," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of muss

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muss

Noun

origin unknown

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5 Jul 2020

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“Muss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muss. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for muss

muss

verb

English Language Learners Definition of muss

US, informal : to make (something, such as clothing or hair) messy or untidy

muss

noun
\ ˈməs How to pronounce muss (audio) \

Kids Definition of muss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a state of disorder : mess

muss

verb
mussed; mussing

Kids Definition of muss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make messy or untidy The wind mussed my hair.

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