Words I Love 40 – Tousle

Another great word…

tousle

ˈtaʊz(ə)l/

verb

past tense: tousled; past participle: tousled
  1. make (something, especially a person’s hair) untidy.
    “Nathan’s tousled head appeared in the hatchway”
    synonyms: untidy, messy, unkempt, disordered, disarranged, messed up, rumpled, dishevelled, bedraggled; More

    informalmussed up
    “she ran a hand through her tousled hair”
    antonyms: neat, tidy

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense ‘handle roughly or rudely’): frequentative of dialect touse ‘handle roughly’, of Germanic origin and related to German zausen . Compare with tussle.

 

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