[tou-zuh l]


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

Origin of tousle

1400–50; late Middle English touselen (v.); cognate with Low German tūseln. See touse, -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for touzle


verb, noun
  1. a rare spelling of tousle


verb (tr)
  1. to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
  2. to treat roughly
  1. a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
  2. 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 touzle



"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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