tousled

[ tou-zuhld ]
/ ˈtaʊ zəld /

adjective

disordered or disheveled: tousled hair; tousled clothes.

Origin of tousled

First recorded in 1840–50; tousle + -ed2

Definition for tousled (2 of 2)

tousle

or tou·zle

[ tou-zuh l ]
/ ˈtaʊ zəl /

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.

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 tousled

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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Word Origin and History for tousled

tousle


v.

"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.

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