tousled


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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.]

tousled

(ˈtaʊzəld)
adj
tangled, ruffled, or disarranged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tousled - in disarraytousled - in disarray; extremely disorderly; "her clothing was disheveled"; "powder-smeared and frowzled"; "a rumpled unmade bed"; "a bed with tousled sheets"; "his brown hair was tousled, thick, and curly"- Al Spiers
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"

tousled

adjective dishevelled, disordered, tangled, ruffled, messed up, rumpled, disarranged, disarrayed a woman with tousled hair, faded jeans and a baggy jacket
Translations

tousled

[ˈtaʊzld] ADJ [appearance, style] → desaliñado, desarreglado; [hair] → despeinado

tousled

[ˈtaʊzəld] adj [hair] → ébouriffé(e)

tousled

adj hairzerzaust, wuschelig (inf); tousled headWuschelkopf m (inf)

tousled

[ˈtaʊzld] adj (hair) → arruffato/a; (bedclothes) → sottosopra inv
References in classic literature ?
Then, as if reproach- ing himself for the longing that he could not repress, he went and kissed the two tousled heads upon the pillow, took down his seldom-used meerschaum, and opened his Plato.
Here and there went his hands, caressing the shoulders of the boys, playing about the tousled heads.
A very heavy mat of sandy hair, in a decidedly tousled condition, and a beard of some days' growth, gave the worthy man an appearance, to say the least, not particularly prepossessing.
That, marching him constantly up and down by the collar (as if he had been taking too much laudanum), she, at those times, shook him, rumpled his hair, made light of his linen, stopped his ears as if she confounded them with her own, and otherwise tousled and maltreated him.
Rosalind awoke suddenly, as women and children do, sitting straight up on the instant, and putting up her hands to her tousled hair, with a half-startled "Where am I?
His hair was wondrously tousled, and some straggling, moving locks hung over the cloth of the bandage down toward his forehead.
Henry Allegre, if any man, might have been certain of his own power; and yet, look: I was a chit of a girl, I was sitting with a book where I had no business to be, in his own garden, when he suddenly came upon me, an ignorant girl of seventeen, a most uninviting creature with a tousled head, in an old black frock and shabby boots.
It was that of a big man in rough shooting-clothes, bareheaded, and with tousled curly hair that gave him a rather wild look.
The taller and more elegant man was still in his night-garb, with tousled black hair, and now crawling about the garden on his hands and knees, still looking for traces of the burglar; and now and again, to all appearance, striking the ground with his hand in anger at not finding him.
Denisov was a small man with a red face, sparkling black eyes, and black tousled mustache and hair.
Yes," she answered, looking gravely at his tousled hair and blinking gray eyes.
She saw the shock of black hair tousled upon Tarzan's well-shaped head disappear in a spurt of flame.