muss

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muss make messy or untidy "the child mussed up my hair"
    • n muss a state of confusion and disorderliness "the house was a mess","she smoothed the mussiness of the bed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Muss A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle.
    • n Muss A state of confusion or disorder; -- prob. variant of mess, but influenced by muss, a scramble.
    • n Muss A term of endearment.
    • v. t Muss To disarrange, as clothing; to rumple; -- often used with up; as, the wind mussed up my hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n muss A scramble, as for small objects thrown down to be taken by those who can seize them.
    • n muss That which is to be scrambled for.
    • n muss A state of confusion; disorder: as, the things are all in a muss.
    • n muss An indiscriminate fight; a squabble; a row.
    • muss To put into a state of disorder; rumple; tumble: as, to muss one's hair.
    • muss To smear; mess.
    • n muss A mouse: used as a term of endearment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Muss mus (Shak.) a scramble: confusion, disorder
    • v.t Muss (U.S.) to throw into confusion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. mousche, a fly, also, the play called muss, fr. L. musca, a fly

Usage

In literature:

Then I cleared up a whole lot of muss after Maria.
"Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880" by Various
His hair was mussed and there were wisps of hay on his clothes.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
A car turned over and killed its driver and made a nasty muss.
"The Flying Mercury" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The caps keep their hair from getting dusty or mussed up.
"Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts" by Roy Rutherford Bailey
He stood there puffing, his hair mussed up, his eyes wrathful.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Dort muss die Kueste sich zeigen, Liegt sie doch deutlich und liegt schimmernd vor deinen Verstand.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Seems like the old book's all mussed up, so we can't learn its lessons ever again.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
I ain't got the makin's in me of even a store-mussed angel.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
I couldn't bear the thought of having that roughneck return and muss up one of my neatest jobs.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
They're that mussed up that I don't know, I'm sure.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Von nun an muss ich sparsam werden.
Warum denn das? Der Wein schlaegt auf.
So gehts, das Beste dieser Erden
Erhaelt man nur durch teuren Kauf.
"Die Sparsamkeit" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Cimber.
Auch ich will alles mit euch wagen;
Auch ich muss ohne Koenig sein.
Denn koennt ich einen Herrn ertragen,
Ertrueg ich allererst den Wein.
"Die Wider Den Caesar Verschworne Helden" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Brutus.
Wenn Caesar Rom will unterdruecken,
Muss Brutus ihn zur Strafe ziehn.
Ich will den Dolch ins Herz ihm druecken:
Mit Zittern zwar, doch drueck ich ihn.
"Die Wider Den Caesar Verschworne Helden" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
O Freund, o lass dichs nicht verdruessen,
Und sieh auf jene Seite hin:
Ich muss, ich muss das Bildchen kuessen.
Wie zaertlich nimmts den Kuss nicht an:
Nur schade, dass es ihn nicht wiedergeben kann.
"Das Bild An Hrn. H." by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Wenn ich mit Schoenen handeln muss,
Gilt alles bei mir einen Kuss.
Denn Kuesse sind die besten Gelder.
Nicht nur Haus, Garten, Wald und Felder;
Mein Vater--und mein Mutterteil,
Ich selber bin fuer Kuesse feil!
"Der Handel" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Der Schluss von diesen Buechern sagt:
(Worueber Wein und Wahrheit klagt)
"Den Durst sich stets mit Wein zu stillen,
Das bringet eklen Widerwillen.
Bald Wasser, und bald Wein geniessen,
Das muss uns den Gebrauch versuessen."
"Refutatio Papatus" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Muss ' Kids Pumpkin.
A Locally Grown Diet With Fuss but No Muss .
Jim Whelan, Doctoroff's Chief of Staff, to Leave for Muss .
Jim Whelan, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff's chief of staff, will become senior vice president for public affairs at Muss Development sometime in January, according to an informed source.
Commentary (Kimmick/ Muss ): The Effect of Tamoxifen on the Endometrium.
Texture —is designed specifically to create the rough, mussed style in one easy step.
(Paul Fraughton The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah players thank their fans in the MUSS after defeating Northern Colorado 41-0 on Aug 30.
Without muss or fuss, Congress just voted overwhelmingly to keep the federal spigot open for six more months.
The last time Charlie Slowes lived around here, in the mid-'90s, he commuted from Ellicott City to Landover, no muss, no fuss.
As the leaf unfolds, it does so without a crease or muss.
No fuss, no muss — Local establishments offer eat-in or take-home Thanksgiving meals.
Listen in on an interview with Alan Young, alias Wilbur Post, as he recalls getting mussed up by Clint Eastwood after a funny phone call perpetrated by that equine prankster, Mr Ed.
No Muss, No Fuss Nail Art Coatings.
Paul Lee, the network's new chief, pitched them all in a little over an hour, no fuss, no muss.
When Lauren Muss and John Matteson saw the two-bedroom, 2.5-bath co-op for sale at 180 East 79th Street, they must have decided that they could not wait, they had to act now.
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