tousled

[tou-zuhld]
adjective
disordered or disheveled: tousled hair; tousled clothes.

Origin:
1840–50; tousle + -ed2


messy, tangled, untidy, rumpled.
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tousle

[tou-zuhl]
verb (used with object), tousled, tousling.
1.
to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
2.
to handle roughly.
noun
3.
a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
4.
a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.
Also, touzle.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English touselen (v.); cognate with Low German tūseln. See touse, -le

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tousle (ˈtaʊzəl)
 
vb
1.  to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
2.  to treat roughly
 
n
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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tousle
"pull roughly, disorder, dishevel," c.1440, freq. of -tousen "handle or push about roughly," from O.E. *tusian, from P.Gmc. *tus- (cf. Fris. tusen, O.H.G. erzusen, Ger. zausen "to tug, pull, dishevel"); related to tease.
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Example sentences
Here and there went his hands, caressing the shoulders of the boys, playing about the tousled heads.
Her tousled hair reflected the green and red from the lamp.
Her hair is a tousled white aureole, and her gray eyes dim and brighten without warning.
His chlorine-damaged hair was tousled and badly in need of a comb.
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