from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tousled; tangled; rough; shaggy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rough; shaggy; unkempt; tousled; disheveled: as, a tousy head; a tousy dog.


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  • He buried his tousy head in Pearl's apron, and Pearl saw at once that her whole house were about to be submerged in tears, idle tears.

    Sowing Seeds in Danny

  • "How is it now?" he answered anxiously, for she was still rubbing the tousy golden curls which covered the back of her head.

    A Study in Scarlet

  • Blank stupor, hopeless vacuity, till he came to a sort of sprouting Dougal Cratur — almost as wee, and as glegg, and as tousy about the head, as my own Kintail terrier, whom I saw at that moment through the open door careering after

    Spare Hours

  • (Not all contributions can be used) 1422: It's getting a little tousy out there.

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

  • I had to boil everything on the parlour fire this morning; no wonder I'm a little tousy! "

    The House with the Green Shutters


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