- to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
- to handle roughly.
- a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
- a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.
Origin of tousle
Examples from the Web for tousle
There are now picture editing apps that can tone you up, slim you down, smooth your skin, and tousle your hair.New App, SkinneePix, Promises to Shave 15 Pounds Off Your Selfies
April 7, 2014
Recoil in horror as he allows The View ladies to tousle his formidable mane!Blagojevich's 8 Craziest Moments
The Daily Beast Video
August 24, 2010
He's got a mane like yours before it was cut off, Essie—all in a tousle.
Roy would slap him on the shoulder and tousle his hair, but he would ask Tom's advice—and take it.Tom Slade at Temple Camp
Percy K. Fitzhugh
Yet there looked little to pity in this jolly, rocking lad with the tousle of light hair and fresh, rosy countenance.Bob, Son of Battle
Tousle may come as a visitor sometimes; and you may come always, Milly, if you'll be jolly and not tell secrets.
- to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
- to treat roughly
- a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
- a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair
Word Origin and History for tousle
"pull roughly, disorder, dishevel," mid-15c., frequentative of -tousen "handle or push about roughly," from Old English *tusian, from Proto-Germanic *tus- (cf. Frisian tusen, Old High German erzusen, German zausen "to tug, pull, dishevel"); related to tease.