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cuss

[kuhs] /kʌs/
verb (used without object)
1.
to use profanity; curse; swear.
verb (used with object)
2.
to swear at; curse:
He cussed the pedestrian for getting in his way.
3.
to criticize or reprimand in harsh terms (often followed by out):
The coach cussed out the team for losing.
noun
4.
curse word; oath.
5.
a person or animal:
a strange but likable cuss.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; variant of curse, with loss of r and shortening of vowel, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.
Related forms
cusser, noun
Can be confused
coarse, course, curse, cuss.
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Examples from the web for cuss
  • The strange man, griffin, scares cuss away by pinching his nose with his invisible hand.
  • cuss went to see him following his first encounter with griffin.
British Dictionary definitions for cuss

cuss

/kʌs/
noun
1.
a curse; oath
2.
a person or animal, esp an annoying one
verb
3.
another word for curse (sense 8), curse (sense 9)
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Word Origin and History for cuss
n.

1775, American English dialectal, "troublesome person or animal," an alteration of curse (n.), or else a shortening of the slang sense of customer.

v.

"to say bad words," 1815, alteration of curse (v.). Related: Cussed; cussing. To cuss out attested by 1881.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cuss

cuss

noun

A man; fellow; guy •Most use since the 1860s

[1775+; a shortening of customer; or perhaps ''one who curses'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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