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tou·sle

(tou′zəl, -səl)
tr.v. tou·sled, tou·sling, tou·sles
To disarrange or rumple; dishevel.
n.
A disheveled mass, as of hair.

[Early Modern English , frequentative of touse, to pull roughly, from Middle English -tousen (attested in past participles be-toused and to-toused, disheveled, rumpled); akin to German zausen and Low German tūsen, to tousle, ultimately from Germanic *tūs-; perhaps akin to Latin dūmus, thornbush, bramble (from Old Latin dusmus); and Old Irish dos, bushy tree, copse, thicket.]

tousle

(ˈtaʊzəl)
vb (tr)
1. to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
2. to treat roughly
n
3. a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
4. a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair
[C15: from Low German tūsen to shake; related to Old High German zirzūsōn to tear to pieces]

tou•sle

(ˈtaʊ zəl, -səl)

v. -sled, -sling,
n. v.t.
1. to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
2. to handle roughly.
n.
3. a disheveled or rumpled mass, esp. of hair.
4. a disordered or tangled condition.
[1400–50; late Middle English touselen (c. Low German tūseln), derivative of Middle English -t(o)usen, in betusen, fortusen to handle roughly, c. Old Frisian tūsen]

tousle


Past participle: tousled
Gerund: tousling

Imperative
tousle
tousle
Present
I tousle
you tousle
he/she/it tousles
we tousle
you tousle
they tousle
Preterite
I tousled
you tousled
he/she/it tousled
we tousled
you tousled
they tousled
Present Continuous
I am tousling
you are tousling
he/she/it is tousling
we are tousling
you are tousling
they are tousling
Present Perfect
I have tousled
you have tousled
he/she/it has tousled
we have tousled
you have tousled
they have tousled
Past Continuous
I was tousling
you were tousling
he/she/it was tousling
we were tousling
you were tousling
they were tousling
Past Perfect
I had tousled
you had tousled
he/she/it had tousled
we had tousled
you had tousled
they had tousled
Future
I will tousle
you will tousle
he/she/it will tousle
we will tousle
you will tousle
they will tousle
Future Perfect
I will have tousled
you will have tousled
he/she/it will have tousled
we will have tousled
you will have tousled
they will have tousled
Future Continuous
I will be tousling
you will be tousling
he/she/it will be tousling
we will be tousling
you will be tousling
they will be tousling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tousling
you have been tousling
he/she/it has been tousling
we have been tousling
you have been tousling
they have been tousling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tousling
you will have been tousling
he/she/it will have been tousling
we will have been tousling
you will have been tousling
they will have been tousling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tousling
you had been tousling
he/she/it had been tousling
we had been tousling
you had been tousling
they had been tousling
Conditional
I would tousle
you would tousle
he/she/it would tousle
we would tousle
you would tousle
they would tousle
Past Conditional
I would have tousled
you would have tousled
he/she/it would have tousled
we would have tousled
you would have tousled
they would have tousled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tousle - disarrange or rumpletousle - disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my hair"
disarrange - destroy the arrangement or order of; "My son disarranged the papers on my desk"

tousle

verb
To put (the hair or clothes) into a state of disarray:
Translations

tousle

[ˈtaʊzl] VTajar, desarreglar; [+ hair] → despeinar

tousle

vt hairzerzausen; (affectionately also) → zausen
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