- a state of disorder or untidiness.
- to put into disorder; make messy; rumple (often followed by up).
Origin of muss
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2. mess, disturb, tangle, bedraggle.
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Examples from the Web for muss
Not a lot of fuss and muss here, just good taste and great songs.The Best Music Blogs
January 26, 2014
For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Even to keep an open mind himself to all the muss and mummery of the Church!The Woman Thou Gavest Me
It was some jay that stirred up all the muss, howlin' for his coin that he thought he'd lost.Torchy
It will muss up reception some, but it will probably be better than direct, at that.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
"It'll be a relief for most folks not to have the muss and the clutter," said Ellen's mother.Christmas
- (tr often foll by up) to make untidy; rumple
- a state of disorder; muddle
C19: probably a blend of mess + fuss
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Word Origin and History for muss
"to make untidy," 1837, probably a variant of mess in its sense of "disorder." Earlier (1830) as a noun meaning "disturbance." Related: Mussed; mussing.
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