[ touz; Scot. tooz, toos ]
/ taʊz; Scot. tuz, tus /
Chiefly British Dialect

verb (used with object), toused, tous·ing.

to handle roughly; dishevel.

verb (used without object), toused, tous·ing.

to struggle; tussle.


a commotion; rumpus.

Nearby words

  1. tournois,
  2. tours,
  3. tourtière,
  4. touré,
  5. tous-les-mois,
  6. tousle,
  7. tousled,
  8. toussaint,
  9. toussaint l'ouverture,
  10. toussaint l'ouverture, françois dominique

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019