tou·sle (touzəl, -səl)
tr.v. tou·sled, tou·sling, tou·sles
To disarrange or rumple; dishevel.
A disheveled mass, as of hair.
[Early Modern English , frequentative of touse, to pull roughly, from Middle English -tousen (attested in past participles be-toused and to-toused, disheveled, rumpled); akin to German zausen and Low German tūsen, to tousle, ultimately from Germanic *tūs-; perhaps akin to Latin dūmus, thornbush, bramble (from Old Latin dusmus); and Old Irish dos, bushy tree, copse, thicket.]
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