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

  • intransitive v. To struggle roughly; scuffle.
  • n. A rough or vigorous struggle; a scuffle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A physical fight or struggle.
  • v. To have a tussle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A struggle; a scuffle.
  • v. To struggle, as in sport; to scuffle; to struggle with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To struggle; wrestle confusedly; scuffle.
  • n. A struggle; a conflict; a scuffle.

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

  • v. fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
  • n. disorderly fighting
  • v. make messy or untidy


Middle English tussillen, frequentative of -tousen, to pull roughly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Related to tousle. (Wiktionary)



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