muss

[ muhs ]
/ mʌs /
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noun

a state of disorder or untidiness.

verb (used with object)

to put into disorder; make messy; rumple (often followed by up).

Nearby words

  1. musm,
  2. musnud,
  3. muso,
  4. musquash,
  5. musquash root,
  6. mussaka,
  7. mussel,
  8. mussel crab,
  9. musselcracker,
  10. musset

Origin of muss

1820–30; perhaps blend of mess and fuss

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British Dictionary definitions for muss

muss

/ (mʌs) US and Canadian informal /

verb

(tr often foll by up) to make untidy; rumple

noun

a state of disorder; muddle

Word Origin for muss

C19: probably a blend of mess + fuss

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Word Origin and History for muss

muss

v.

"to make untidy," 1837, probably a variant of mess in its sense of "disorder." Earlier (1830) as a noun meaning "disturbance." Related: Mussed; mussing.

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