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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
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Examples from the Web for mussed
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  • His hair was mussed and his face flushed, and there was a sleep-crease on one cheek, but his eyes were clear and steady.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • An' with one set o' lungs their mas says no, they'd get mussed for the tree if they do.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • There was no use in putting it on and getting it mussed until necessary.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • His hair was mussed and there were wisps of hay on his clothes.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • "I'm afraid I mussed your collar," she apologized contritely.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
  • "You'll get your lovely dress all mussed," said old Mary in high approval.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • When people take the law in their hands it gets badly worn and mussed up.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • We're none of us used to traveling, and they're so mussed up and dirty I could cry.

    Betty Gordon in Washington Alice B. Emerson
  • His curls, at the last moment, had been mussed by a raging hand.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • "If the sheet was mussed I would not do this," she explained.

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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