\ 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
b : scramble
2 slang : a confused conflict : row
3 : a state of disorder : mess


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 For backpackers, travelers, office workers and others who want to make coffee with less fuss and muss, Anodyne Coffee Roasters now sells packs of single-serving bags of ground coffee for steeping. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Aug. 2021 The point of the trusts was that the creditors could seize the assets with no muss no fuss from other creditors in the event of Jackson's bankruptcy. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Protecting my spot in the slab cut-and-thrust was without muss. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 After all, who wants to muss up a beautiful slab of marble with a cheap, plastic shower caddy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 11 Feb. 2021 Garner's no muss no fuss attitude in the kitchen can be reassuring to cooking newcomers who might not feel ready to tackle seemingly complicated recipes. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 30 Oct. 2020 But there’s something to be said for the steady, no-muss-no-fuss possession guy. Phil Thompson,, 26 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 10 June 2020 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, 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, 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, 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 |, al, 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, 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, 16 July 2019 Cillian passes him, mussing Rhys’s carefully parted hair into wild curls and laughing at Rhys’s frustration. David Canfield,, 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, 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of muss


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muss


origin unknown

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“Muss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of muss

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


\ ˈməs How to pronounce muss (audio) \

Kids Definition of muss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a state of disorder : mess


mussed; mussing

Kids Definition of muss (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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