Dictionary.com

touse

[ touz; Scots tooz, toos ]
/ taʊz; Scots tuz, tus /
Chiefly British Dialect
Save This Word!

verb (used with object), toused, tous·ing.
to handle roughly; dishevel.
verb (used without object), toused, tous·ing.
to struggle; tussle.
noun
a commotion; rumpus.
QUIZ
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?

Origin of touse

1250–1300; Middle English -t(o)usen, in betusen, fortusen to handle roughly (simple verb first recorded in the early 16th century); cognate with Old Frisian tūsen to rend, German zausen to tousle
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use touse in a sentence

FEEDBACK