- to use profanity; curse; swear.
- to swear at; curse: He cussed the pedestrian for getting in his way.
- to criticize or reprimand in harsh terms (often followed by out): The coach cussed out the team for losing.
- curse word; oath.
- a person or animal: a strange but likable cuss.
Origin of cuss
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Examples from the Web for cuss
If Republicans win big, Democrats will hang their heads and cuss the Koch brothers.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
I wanted to kill the enemy and be a roughneck and cuss and spit tobacco, come home and do it again.‘Hell And Back Again’: PBS Airs Documentary On Wounded Marine
May 28, 2012
They won't let anybody cross their line, and they won't say anything—not even when you cuss 'em.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
We brought up before the saddest-lookin' cuss I ever saw out of bed.Shorty McCabe
The cuss turned green and stammered that he wasn't no animal tamer.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
There, 'tisn't so bad to cuss and keep it in as to cuss and let it out, is it, sir?'A Pair of Blue Eyes
I know a whole string of cuss words an' I can say them as fast as now-I-lay-me.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman
Emma Speed Sampson
- a curse; oath
- a person or animal, esp an annoying one
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Word Origin and History for cuss
"to say bad words," 1815, alteration of curse (v.). Related: Cussed; cussing. To cuss out attested by 1881.
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