- a state of disorder or untidiness.
- to put into disorder; make messy; rumple (often followed by up).
Origin of muss
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Examples from the Web for mussed
His hair was mussed and there were wisps of hay on his clothes.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
Mussed or blood-stained specimens should not necessarily be discarded.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
Didn't like the way I mussed up son Rutherford, I kind o' gathered.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
This summer she's going to do the Rockies, because things are so mussed up in Europe, she says.Gigolo
An' with one set o' lungs their mas says no, they'd get mussed for the tree if they do.Friendship Village
- (tr often foll by up) to make untidy; rumple
- a state of disorder; muddle
C19: probably a blend of mess + fuss
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Word Origin and History for mussed
"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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