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tr.v. tou·sled, tou·sling, tou·sles
To disarrange or rumple; dishevel.
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.]
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1. to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
2. to treat roughly
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]
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tou•sle(ˈtaʊ zəl, -səl)
v. -sled, -sling,
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]
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Past participle: tousled
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|Verb||1.||tousle - 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"
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