from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An imprecation; a profane expletive; an oath.


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  • I prefer the incredibly cuss-word filled version of the story, with stick figure accompaniments found here;

    The Man Who Left Chelm

  • One of the things I love about your writing is the way you can use a cuss-word.

    A special father’s day «

  • Sorry for the cuss-word, but I'm sick of this "which tellytubby is gay?" garbage getting so much air-time and setting the boundaries of public debate in this country.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • I'm sorry I called Jack Mullins, or whatever his name is, such a lot of cuss-word names.

    The Aztec Treasure-House

  • "Just one nice little cuss-word and we'll take you home," whispered a tormentor.

    The Witness

  • You've got a way of saying Pauline, as if it were a gentlemanly cuss-word, that makes me want to scream.

    Uneasy Money

  • I call it mean to give a poor, defenceless kid a cuss-word like -- what's it?

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • They never want to hear the name of Yukon again except as a cuss-word.

    The Trail of '98 A Northland Romance

  • I don't say as how I don't hold with Gawd, "he explained, with uplifted forefinger and cocked head;" but if ever I thinks of Him, I like to feel that He's in the wind or in the crickle-crackle of the earth, just near and friendly like, but not a-worrying of a chap, listening for every cuss-word as he uses to his old horse, and measuring every half-pint he pours down his dusty throat.

    The Fortunate Youth

  • "You'll need a cuss-word now; any other finish will sound flat."

    Man to Man


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