- disordered or disheveled: tousled hair; tousled clothes.
Origin of tousled
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- to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
- to handle roughly.
- a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
- a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.
Origin of tousle
Examples from the Web for tousled
Hair Cressida: Tousled, shoulder-length, just-got-out-of-bed blonde mop.
Cara: Tousled, shoulder-length, just-got-out-of-bed blonde mop.
In general, Mrs. Romney tends towards pullover sweaters and pushed-up sleeves, preppy skirts, easy blazers and tousled hair.Ann Romney's Milk-and-Cookies Style Emphasizes Mitt's Softer Side
December 20, 2011
And Prince Harry was a splendid mix of military dash and tousled ease.Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen's Royal Triumph
April 29, 2011
Only the corsets of those roles foreshadowed the Gothic babe she would become, the tousled muse to the phantasmagoric Tim Burton.How Helena Became a Freak
March 2, 2010
Martha could see it move, a tousled shadow against the light.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Andre-Louis revealed himself by a further protrusion of his tousled head.Scaramouche
Then she patted the sober-faced youngster on his tousled head and left.Foundling on Venus
John de Courcy
His longish, tousled hair and his great beard were purple-black.Victory
The dwarf grunted and combed his thick, tousled hair with his fingers.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
- to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
- to treat roughly
- a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
- a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair
Word Origin and History for tousled
"pull roughly, disorder, dishevel," mid-15c., frequentative of -tousen "handle or push about roughly," from Old English *tusian, from Proto-Germanic *tus- (cf. Frisian tusen, Old High German erzusen, German zausen "to tug, pull, dishevel"); related to tease.