- 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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Examples from the Web for concuss
- to injure (the brain) by a violent blow, fall, etc
- to shake violently; agitate; disturb
C16: from Latin concussus violently shaken, from concutere to disturb greatly, from quatere to shake
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Word Origin and History for concuss
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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