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Definition of tousle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tousle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tousle
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzl//
 
he / she / it tousles
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzlz//
 
past simple tousled
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzld//
 
past participle tousled
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzld//
 
-ing form tousling
BrE BrE//ˈtaʊzlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaʊzlɪŋ//
 
Styling hair
 
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[usually passive] tousle something to make somebody’s hair untidy See related entries: Styling hair Word 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tousle