EXAMPLES | verb (used with object), tou·zled, tou·zling, noun 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.
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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 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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