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tousle

Line breaks: tou¦sle
Pronunciation: /ˈtaʊz(ə)l
 
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Definition of tousle in English:

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

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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