Chiefly British Dialect
[ touz; Scot. tooz, toos ]
/ taʊz; Scot. tuz, tus /
verb (used with object), toused, tous·ing.
to handle roughly; dishevel.
verb (used without object), toused, tous·ing.
to struggle; tussle.
a commotion; rumpus.
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
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