Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To curse or curse at.
  • noun A curse.
  • noun A stubborn or annoying person or animal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A curse: used both in the proper sense, as an imprecation, and (as equivalent to curse) as a symbol of worthlessness: see curse, curse.
  • noun [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.
  • An obsolete variant of kiss. Chaucer.
  • To curse; swear at.
  • To curse; swear; use profane language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To use cursing, to use bad language, to speak profanely.

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

  • verb utter obscenities or profanities
  • noun a boy or man
  • noun profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
  • noun a persistently annoying person

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of curse.]

Examples

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  • Sometimes a noun meaning an odd or perverse person, often used with a disclaimer, such as: "He was acstually a good hearted old cuss."

    June 30, 2007

  • A consortium of Continental, Union, Superior and Shell Oil Companies.

    April 24, 2009

  • catch u sometime soon.

    April 24, 2009

  • "5. An obsolete variant of kiss. Chaucer."

    --Century Dictionary

    December 23, 2010