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cuss

[ kuhs ]
/ kʌs /
Informal.
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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.
noun
curse word; oath.
a person or animal: a strange but likable cuss.
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Origin of cuss

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

OTHER WORDS FROM cuss

cusser, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cuss

curse, cuss
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British Dictionary definitions for cuss

cuss
/ (kʌs) informal /

noun
a curse; oath
a person or animal, esp an annoying one
verb
another word for curse (def. 8), curse (def. 9)
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