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cussed

[kuhs-id] /ˈkʌs ɪd/
adjective, Informal.
1.
2.
obstinate; stubborn; perverse.
Origin of cussed
1830-1840
1830-40; cuss + -ed3
Related forms
cussedly, adverb
cussedness, noun

cuss

[kuhs] /kʌs/ 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.
Related forms
cusser, noun
Can be confused
coarse, course, curse, cuss.
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Examples from the Web for cussed
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  • But they was cussed by marster, when after de war they took up wid de 'publican party.

  • And Mary, she died, after bein' abused and deserted by that cussed husband of hers.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Why, when Ranee Fleming cussed him that first time, last Fall, he come home to me cryin' like his heart would break.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • That da—excuse me, mister—that cussed Archibald has woke up.'

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He didn't guess whether 'e was glad nor glum, so he cussed like a good 'un, and that did dooty either way.'

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • Ain't one of you cussed swabs got decency enough to fetch me a drink?

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He cussed and swore, and looked as if he'd had a big drop too much.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • If anybody can see a glimmer in this cussed muddle Keziah Coffin can.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Your father is a cussed fool that he dont send you to the reform school.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for cussed

cussed

/ˈkʌsɪd/
adjective (informal)
1.
another word for cursed
2.
obstinate
3.
annoying: a cussed nuisance
Derived Forms
cussedly, adverb
cussedness, noun

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 cussed

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 cussed

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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