Also found in: Thesaurus.
messy; untidy; tangled: mussed hair
Not to be confused with:
must – ought; should; obliged, bound, required, or compelled to: You must be on time.; a necessity; vital: A warm coat is a must in this weather.
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tr.v. mussed, muss·ing, muss·es
To make messy or untidy; rumple.
A state of disorder; a mess.
[Probably alteration of mess.]
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