- to injure by concussion: He was mildly concussed by the falling books.
Origin of concuss
1590–1600; < Latin concussus, past participle of concutere, equivalent to con- con- + -cut-, combining form of quat-, stem of quatere to shake + -tus past participle ending
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Related Words for concussstart, require, cause, force, drive, shake, convulse, shock, jolt, swing, sway, disturb, rattle, upset, roil, wave, shudder, rock, bully, intimidate
Examples from the Web for concuss
Historical Examples of concuss
- to injure (the brain) by a violent blow, fall, etc
- to shake violently; agitate; disturb
Word Origin for concuss
C16: from Latin concussus violently shaken, from concutere to disturb greatly, from quatere to shake
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1590s, "to shake violently," from Latin concuss-, past participle stem of concutere "to dash together, shake violently" (see concussion). Meaning "to give a concussion to the brain" is from 1680s. Related: Concussed; concussing; concussive.
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