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tou·sle / ˈtouzəl/ • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (tousled) make (something, esp. a person's hair) untidy: Nathan's tousled head appeared in the hatchway. • n. an act of tousling something, esp. hair: Annie reached up behind his head and gave his hair a tousle. ∎  a tousled mass, esp. of hair: he'd gently brush back my tousle.