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cussed

[kuhs-id]
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adjective Informal.
  1. cursed.
  2. obstinate; stubborn; perverse.
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Origin of cussed

First recorded in 1830–40; cuss + -ed3
Related formscuss·ed·ly, adverbcuss·ed·ness, noun

cuss

[kuhs]Informal.
verb (used without object)
  1. to use profanity; curse; swear.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to swear at; curse: He cussed the pedestrian for getting in his way.
  2. to criticize or reprimand in harsh terms (often followed by out): The coach cussed out the team for losing.
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noun
  1. curse word; oath.
  2. a person or animal: a strange but likable cuss.
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Origin of cuss

1765–75, Americanism; variant of curse, with loss of r and shortening of vowel, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.
Related formscuss·er, noun
Can be confusedcurse cuss
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Examples from the Web for cussed

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  • It's Bill that's spent the money on his cussed booze and gambling.

  • And Mary, she died, after bein' abused and deserted by that cussed husband of hers.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • That da—excuse me, mister—that cussed Archibald has woke up.'

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Ain't one of you cussed swabs got decency enough to fetch me a drink?

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If anybody can see a glimmer in this cussed muddle Keziah Coffin can.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for cussed

cussed

adjective informal
  1. another word for cursed
  2. obstinate
  3. annoyinga cussed nuisance
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Derived Formscussedly, adverbcussedness, noun

cuss

noun
  1. a curse; oath
  2. a person or animal, esp an annoying one
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verb
  1. another word for curse (def. 8), curse (def. 9)
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Word Origin and History for cussed

cuss

v.

"to say bad words," 1815, alteration of curse (v.). Related: Cussed; cussing. To cuss out attested by 1881.

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cuss

n.

1775, American English dialectal, "troublesome person or animal," an alteration of curse (n.), or else a shortening of the slang sense of customer.

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