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cuss

[kuhs] Informal.
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:
1765–75, Americanism; variant of curse, with loss of r and shortening of vowel, as in ass2, bass2, passel, etc.

cusser, noun

coarse, course, curse, cuss.
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cuss (kʌs)
 
n
1.  a curse; oath
2.  a person or animal, esp an annoying one
 
vb
3.  curse another word for curse

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cuss
1775, Amer.Eng. dialectal, "troublesome person or animal," an alteration of curse. Verb meaning "to say bad words" is first recorded 1815.
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