Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To make messy or untidy; rumple.
  • noun A state of disorder; a mess.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scramble, as for small objects thrown down to be taken by those who can seize them.
  • noun That which is to be scrambled for.
  • noun A state of confusion; disorder: as, the things are all in a muss.
  • noun An indiscriminate fight; a squabble; a row.
  • noun A mouse: used as a term of endearment.
  • To put into a state of disorder; rumple; tumble: as, to muss one's hair.
  • To smear; mess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle.
  • noun Colloq. U.S. A state of confusion or disorder; -- prob. variant of mess, but influenced by muss, a scramble.
  • noun obsolete A term of endearment.
  • transitive verb Colloq. U.S. To disarrange, as clothing; to rumple; -- often used with up.

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

  • verb transitive to rumple, tousle or make (something) untidy
  • noun a disorderly mess
  • noun obsolete A term of endearment.

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

  • verb make messy or untidy
  • noun a state of confusion and disorderliness

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of mess.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Compare Middle English mus ("a mouse"). See mouse.

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  • Goes well with fuss and bother.

    April 8, 2008