Definition of muss in English:

muss

Syllabification: muss
Pronunciation: /məs
 
/
informal , chiefly North American

verb

[with object]
Make (someone’s hair or clothes) untidy or messy: she sat down carefully so she wouldn’t muss her clothes
More example sentences
  • Her hair was mussed and falling over her eyes, her clothes wrinkled and disheveled.
  • You can almost feel the energy blowing off the screen, mussing your hair and plastering a big smile onto your face.
  • ‘Oh, that's okay,’ Wendy said, mussing Erin's hair affectionately.
Synonyms
ruffle, tousle, dishevel, rumple, mess up, make a mess of, disarrange, make untidy

noun

[usually in singular] Back to top  
A state of disorder.
More example sentences
  • No muss, no fuss, and no swearing at my sewing machine while I try to figure out what I'm doing, and then cursing at my complete inability to sew a straight line.
  • No muss, no fuss - just tons of free advertising!
  • Convenience is their strong suit and in general they are fine when time is an issue and you want a quick fire without all the muss and fuss of natural firewood.

Origin

mid 19th century (also as a noun in the sense 'disturbance or row'): apparently a variant of mess.

Derivatives

mussy

Pronunciation: /ˈməsē/
adjective
( dated )
More example sentences
  • How he acts, how he sees you and what's important to him matter just as much as his mussy hair or outward charms.
  • I buried my face in your fine mussy hair and my heart burst with overwhelming love.
  • His red-and-white hair reminded her of peppermint, but it was so mussy she instantly dismissed it, taking in at the same time his leather pants.

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