Definition of tousle in English:

tousle

Syllabification: tou·sle
Pronunciation: /ˈtouzəl
 
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verb

[with object] (usually as adjective tousled)
Make (something, especially a person’s hair) untidy: Nathan’s tousled head appeared in the hatchway
More example sentences
  • He had dark tousled hair that appeared to have been cut by a barber in a rush.
  • His usual gelled hair was tousled into a mess, his skin pale and pallid.
  • Her dark brown hair was tousled and tangled with signs of restless sleep.
Synonyms
untidy, disheveled, windblown, messy, disordered, disarranged, messed up, rumpled, uncombed, ungroomed, tangled, wild, unkempt
informal mussed up

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'handle roughly or rudely'): frequentative of dialect touse 'handle roughly', of Germanic origin and related to German zausen. Compare with tussle.

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