- 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 touzle
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
- a rare spelling of tousle
- 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 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.