Etymology
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tousle (v.)

"pull roughly, disorder, dishevel," mid-15c., frequentative of -tousen "handle or push about roughly," probably from an unrecorded Old English *tusian, from Proto-Germanic *tus- (source also of Frisian tusen, Old High German erzusen, German zausen "to tug, pull, dishevel"); related to tease (v.). Related: Tousled; tousling.

updated on October 14, 2021

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Definitions of tousle from WordNet

tousle (v.)
disarrange or rumple; dishevel;
The strong wind tousled my hair
Synonyms: dishevel / tangle
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