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

  • adj. Informal Perverse; stubborn.
  • adj. Informal Cursed.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of cuss.
  • adj. Ill-tempered, nasty, obstinate.
  • adv. Very, cussedly, accursedly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing; obstinate.

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

  • adj. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing


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  • Only thing, she calls a cussed old catfish a 'poisson.'

    The Law of the Land

  • From the Whiskey Rebellion to the Know-Nothings to the reborn Militias of the 1990s, the eastern establishment has always had reason to fear the expression of a certain kind of cussed American individualism that rebels against what it sees as the encroachments of the state.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • But it must be admitted that the sympathies and hopes of all in the Frolic centered in the Yale shell; a Yale coach had drilled and scolded and "cussed" and petted the Navy boys to victory only a few weeks before, and Ralph, if no one else, felt that all his future rested in the ability of that Yale coach "to knock some rowing sense into his block."

    Peggy Stewart: Navy Girl at Home

  • (Loud applause) A race, which stubbornly refuses to look at the map until its business has been done, and which after all has a straightforward-I speak in the presence of a Bishop - "cussed" honesty about it.

    India and the Empire

  • Of course she was very indignant and scolded them, Goliah specially, whereupon Goliah's sister Catty, who is well named, being of a feline nature in the worst sense of the word, had broken out and "cussed" her outrageously.

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • Den de good ol '' Lishy looked back an 'cussed 'em, when two she-bars heerd him an' come out uf de woods wid der cubs at der heels, an 'walked in on der hin' legs 'mong dem bad town-boys, a scratchin 'an' a clawin ', a bitin' an 'a gnawin', right an 'lef', an 'neber stoppin' till dey had tore an 'chawed 'em every one up.


  • Yet another natural disaster, this time an earthquake of horrendous magnitude, has all but flattened what was left of that 'cussed' country.

    TrinidadExpress Today's News

  • Today he cussed because of the poster paper of a wanted fugitive runaway.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • All morning he cussed and yelled at us and then at Mistress.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • One recall volunteer was booed and cussed for collecting signatures at a high-school football game.

    Alcoholic Mayor Wants Another Chance


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  • Sometimes an adjective meaning "perverse, or obstinate" as in "That cussed omputer of mine would not boot this morning," or "That cussed wife of mine did not want to make eggy toast for me this morning."

    June 30, 2007