[ kuhs ]
/ kʌs /

verb (used without object)

to use profanity; curse; swear.

verb (used with object)

to swear at; curse: He cussed the pedestrian for getting in his way.
to criticize or reprimand in harsh terms (often followed by out): The coach cussed out the team for losing.


curse word; oath.
a person or animal: a strange but likable cuss.

Origin of cuss

1765–75, Americanism; variant of curse, with loss of r and shortening of vowel, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.

Related forms

cuss·er, noun

Can be confused

curse cuss Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuss


/ (kʌs) informal /


a curse; oath
a person or animal, esp an annoying one


another word for curse (def. 8), curse (def. 9)
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