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[muhs] /mʌs/
a state of disorder or untidiness.
verb (used with object)
to put into disorder; make messy; rumple (often followed by up).
Origin of muss
1820-30; perhaps blend of mess and fuss
2. mess, disturb, tangle, bedraggle. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mussed
Historical Examples
  • His hair was mussed and there were wisps of hay on his clothes.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • mussed or blood-stained specimens should not necessarily be discarded.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • Didn't like the way I mussed up son Rutherford, I kind o' gathered.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • This summer she's going to do the Rockies, because things are so mussed up in Europe, she says.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • An' with one set o' lungs their mas says no, they'd get mussed for the tree if they do.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • Do be careful, dear, and don't get mussed before we come back.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
  • There was no use in putting it on and getting it mussed until necessary.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • "You'll get your lovely dress all mussed," said old Mary in high approval.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • All the other books were there, although mixed up and mussed.

    The Putnam Hall Rebellion Arthur M. Winfield
  • "I'm afraid I mussed your collar," she apologized contritely.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for mussed


(transitive) often foll by up. to make untidy; rumple
a state of disorder; muddle
Word Origin
C19: probably a blend of mess + fuss
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Word Origin and History for mussed



"to make untidy," 1837, probably a variant of mess in its sense of "disorder." Earlier (1830) as a noun meaning "disturbance." Related: Mussed; mussing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mussed


v,v phr

To disarrange; dishevel: He mussed his hair all up

[1899+; fr mess]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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