[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cuspid,
  2. cuspidal,
  3. cuspidate,
  4. cuspidation,
  5. cuspidor,
  6. cussed,
  7. cussedly,
  8. cussword,
  9. custard,
  10. custard apple

Origin of cuss

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

Related formscuss·er, noun

Can be confusedcurse 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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Word Origin and History for cuss
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