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muss

[muhs] /mʌs/
noun
1.
a state of disorder or untidiness.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put into disorder; make messy; rumple (often followed by up).
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; perhaps blend of mess and fuss
Synonyms
2. mess, disturb, tangle, bedraggle.
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British Dictionary definitions for muss

muss

/mʌs/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by up. to make untidy; rumple
noun
2.
a state of disorder; muddle
Word Origin
C19: probably a blend of mess + fuss
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Word Origin and History for muss
v.

"to make untidy," 1837, probably a variant of mess in its sense of "disorder." Earlier (1830) as a noun meaning "disturbance." Related: Mussed; mussing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for muss

muss

v,v phr

To disarrange; dishevel: He mussed his hair all up

[1899+; fr mess]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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