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touzle

[tou-zuh l]
verb (used with object), tou·zled, tou·zling, noun
  1. tousle.
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tousle

or tou·zle

[tou-zuh l]
verb (used with object), tou·sled, tou·sling.
  1. to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
  2. to handle roughly.
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noun
  1. a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for touzle

Historical Examples

  • So the wolf seized the child, and ran away with it, and the dog ran after him, and began to touzle him.

    Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

    Anonymous


British Dictionary definitions for touzle

touzle

verb, noun
  1. a rare spelling of tousle
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tousle

verb (tr)
  1. to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
  2. to treat roughly
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noun
  1. a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
  2. a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair
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Word Origin

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 touzle

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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