Definition of tousle in English:
verb[with object] (usually as adjective tousled)
- 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.
hassle from [late 19th century]:
This was originally a dialect word in the sense ‘hack or saw at’. The origin is unknown but it may be a blend of haggle (LME from an Old Norse word for ‘hack, mangle’) and tussle (LME, probably the same word as tousle, of Germanic origin).
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