verb (used with object), tou·zled, tou·zling, noun

  1. tousle.

verb (used with object), tou·sled, tou·sling.

  1. to disorder or dishevel: The wind tousled our hair.
  2. to handle roughly.


  1. a disheveled or rumpled mass, especially of hair.
  2. a disordered, disheveled, or tangled condition.

verb, noun

  1. a rare spelling of tousle

verb (tr)

  1. to tangle, ruffle, or disarrange
  2. to treat roughly


  1. a disorderly, tangled, or rumpled state
  2. a dishevelled or disordered mass, esp of hair

“pull roughly, disorder, dishevel,” mid-15c., frequentative of -tousen “handle or push about roughly,” from Old English *tusian, from Proto-Germanic *tus- (cf. Frisian tusen, Old High German erzusen, German zausen “to tug, pull, dishevel”); related to tease.

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