- 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 cussing
So often, cussing as an insult is employed lazily in scripts.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
The Colonel would compress his lips, cussing every Yankee on earth.
I know you're all right; I am ashamed of myself for cussing you.
“Cussing himself for——” The rest was lost in the noise of the team.In Her Own Right
John Reed Scott
And not so much the cussing, Peter, as the useless compliments.The Prairie Mother
You'll die a natural death in bed, unless you gets to cussing me.Bar-20 Days
Clarence E. Mulford
- a curse; oath
- a person or animal, esp an annoying one
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Word Origin and History for cussing
"to say bad words," 1815, alteration of curse (v.). Related: Cussed; cussing. To cuss out attested by 1881.
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