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muss

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

Definition of muss in English:

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.
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

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Pronunciation: /ˈməsē/
adjective
( dated )
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.

Words that rhyme with muss

bus, buss, concuss, cuss, fuss, Gus, huss, plus, pus, Russ, sus, suss, thus, truss, us

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