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tousle

or tou·zle

[ tou-zuhl ]
/ ˈtaʊ zəl /
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verb (used with object), tou·sled, tou·sling.

to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
to handle roughly.

noun

a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.

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Origin of tousle

1400–50; late Middle English touselen (v.); cognate with Low German tūseln.See touse, -le
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British Dictionary definitions for tousle

tousle
/ (ˈtaʊzəl) /

verb (tr)

to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
to treat roughly

noun

a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair

Word Origin for tousle

C15: from Low German tūsen to shake; related to Old High German zirzūsōn to tear to pieces
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