from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To curse or curse at.
- n. A curse.
- n. An odd or perverse person or creature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To use cursing, to use bad language, to speak profanely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A curse: used both in the proper sense, as an imprecation, and (as equivalent to curse) as a symbol of worthlessness: see curse, curse.
- n. [A particular use of the preceding, but perhaps in part associated with customer, somewhat similarly used.] A fellow; a perverse or refractory person: a general term of contempt or reproach (sometimes very slight or jocose): usually with an epithet: as, a hard cuss; a mean cuss; a little cuss.
- To curse; swear at.
- To curse; swear; use profane language.
- An obsolete variant of kiss. Chaucer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter obscenities or profanities
- n. a boy or man
- n. profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
- n. a persistently annoying person
"And the way he can cuss is simply God-awful," Big Bill testified.
Q: Why did you decide to pepper the word cuss throughout the film; where did that idea come from?
Just ask my boyfriend, who is constantly elbowing me every time I cuss, which is all too often.
In Chicago, John Laskowski was charged with disorderly conduct and fined $20 for shouting what the prosecution called cuss words after an operator told him that not only was the line he wanted busy, but also that he couldnt get back the money he had deposited into the pay phone he was using.
'Well,' said she, when I had stopped to look round, 'it's my belief as the cuss is a-workin' now, and'll have to spend itself.
Yeah, I've used "cuss" a few times since seeing it.
I do appreciate the occasional well-meaning attempts to find sanitized alternative terms that preserve some of the flavor of the old standards, whether it's "cuss" in Fantastic Mr. Fox, "frak" on Battlestar Galactica, "shut the front door" in The Kids Are All Right or, of course, "smurf" on The Smurfs.
(One of the film's tropes is to have the characters speak in surprisingly salty language, but to replace each four-letter word with the word "cuss," a word substitution reminiscent of Diablo Cody.)
I also loved that they said the word "cuss" in place of any actual cuss word.
'Oh master, I will pray for you, I would cry, then he would' cuss 'harder than ever.'
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