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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To disarrange or rumple; dishevel.
  • n. A disheveled mass, as of hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put into disorder; to tumble; to touse; to muss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put into disorder; to tumble; to touse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull about roughly; plague or tease good-naturedly by pulling about: as, to tousle the girls.
  • To put into disorder, as by pulling about roughly: dishevel; rumple: as, to tousle one's hair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. disarrange or rumple; dishevel

Etymologies

Middle English touselen, frequentative of tousen, to pull roughly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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