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cuss

Definitions

  • Old Bragg Used to Walk up Unt Down, Growling Unt Cussing. 259
    Old Bragg Used to Walk up Unt Down, Growling Unt Cussing. 259
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cuss utter obscenities or profanities "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
    • n cuss profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger "expletives were deleted"
    • n cuss a boy or man "that chap is your host","there's a fellow at the door","he's a likable cuss","he's a good bloke"
    • n cuss a persistently annoying person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cuss 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 cuss [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.
    • cuss To curse; swear at.
    • cuss To curse; swear; use profane language.
    • cuss An obsolete variant of kiss. Chaucer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cuss kus (slang) a fellow: an expletive
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Quotations

  • Andrew Young
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    “You have to expect that if you cuss out the world, The world is going to cuss back.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Obviously Curse; prob. in the personal sense with a supposed reference to Customer.

Usage

In literature:

The peg-leg cuss swore a blue streak an' flung the knife at him.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
And them that be careless of a lover's wishes before marriage won't care a cuss for 'em after.
"The Torch and Other Tales" by Eden Phillpotts
Every four or five feet somebody would run into you an cuss you.
""Same old Bill, eh Mable!"" by Edward Streeter
Take the cuss off, can't ye, and not let him stand over me this way?
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
She's dead now, the lam', an' my cuss be on him as killed her.
"The Cromptons" by Mary J. Holmes
But a man what cusses a hoss is only cussin' hisself.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Besides, I kind o' think there's some cussed jealousy on another lay as comes in.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
Since then us three cusses has starved, and froze, and clean roasted, chasin' gold.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Them two us'ly cusses strangers, no matter what age or sect.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Cuss de ruffles, I wish you'd cut 'em off.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
He had cussed Aleck for repeating the epithet in the bunk house, and he had tried to lick Bud Norris, and had failed.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Go home, yoo cusses, go home!
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
I ain't exactly in love with the cuss, myself.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It wud be loike the slippery cuss, an' I hear the two of thim are moighty chummy.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
She got so mad she cussed 'em out right there and told 'em their 'turn was in the mill.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
When he git mad, he walk fast, dis way and dat way, and when he stop, would say terrible cuss words.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
I cusses Duckfoot good, 'n' rubs vaseline into the leg.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
There's times when I cuss it like you cuss the waters that hand you your life.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The cussed skunks tuk hoss, beaver, an' all.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I might say that Ike "cussed a few," and that would be no more than the truth.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

We could all see Polony was beaten;
The trainer was shouting out, `Cuss it,
They've forgotten to sew her tights up at one end
And the stuffing's dropped out of her gusset.'
"The Bookmaker’s Daughter 1934" by Billy Bennett
Since morning I've been at a burial.
I dressed this boy like an angel
and took away his name. Cussed him out
and snatched away his parents. Kicked him
in the ass to prove that I'm here.
"To The Child Dead In My Larynx" by Ernesto Trejo
Thet's why it's Dow's Flat;
And the thing of it is
That he kinder got that
Through sheer contrairiness:
For 'twas WATER the derned cuss was seekin', and his luck made him
certain to miss.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
Says Ingleside, "Mate, should the pony go straight,
You've no time to stop or turn restive;"
Says I, "Who means to stop? I shall go till I drop;"
Says he, "Go it, old cuss, gay and festive."
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Old-timers will tell you the rangers who made it,
Sang "Roll A Rock Down," with a stiff upper lip,
And cussed all creation, but managed to grade it;
With a thousand-foot drop if a pony should slip.
"Roll A Rock Down" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Some held their feet still, but some figity cuss
Would keep kickin’ his feet and makin’ a fuss.
There was some that set straight,
but there’s others that humped
Till they set on their hoss as a sort of a lump.
"How a Cow Puncher Rode" by Bruce Kiskaddon

In news:

But I don't have any kids, so I can cuss and scream at the TV all I want.
First of all, there is a bunch of cussing in this video.
I Almost Didn't Recognize Judge Judy Without The Black Robe And Her Cussing Out Defendants.
Tourette 's Syndrome has been the butt of quite a few jokes in the media, but honestly, it's a very serious disease that goes well beyond screaming out cuss words.
NICKI MINAJ CUSSES OUT MARIAH CAREY DURING 'AMERICAN IDOL' AUDITION .
Frankly, I would have been cussing and screaming and I wouldn't have stopped.
From lying about college acceptances to cussing out the NFL, here are some of the biggest celebrity social media screw ups of 2012.
Problem is…Well, he knows how to cuss and he kinda like says whatever comes to mind at times.
Go Dawgs RT @EWErickson: Half of friends won't talk to the other half without cussing.
He will cuss you out CUSTOMERS BEWARE.
Mary uses a few choice (cuss) words throughout this interview.
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to FCC Cussing Crackdown.
Host Elizabeth Vargas asked him to speak in the accent his character uses and he said he'd try, but it would be difficult because the character cusses so much.
When French people speak French, they don't say, " pardon my English" when they want to cuss someone out.
River otter and muskrats ate them, Cherokee harvested them and early settlers apparently cussed them.
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In science:

We compare random buffer tree with the buffer tree in Section 2.6 and dis cuss the heuristics to make the random buffer tree self-adjusting in Section 2.7 .
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
Comtraces are de fined and their relationship to traces is dis cussed in Section 5, and gcomtraces are introduced in Section 6.
Modelling Concurrency with Comtraces and Generalized Comtraces
W. The prob lems has been dis cussed ex ten sively in for steady-state 1-D heat con duc tion prob lems in view of ad e quacy of heat trans fer equa tion de rived through en tropy minimization ap proach and the Fou rier equa tion.
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
The physical properties, follow-up status, sky positions and discovery rate of the known TEPs are finally dis cussed in Sections 6 to 8.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
In this paper we will distively truncated. cuss another method, which is based on the path integral formulation of Feynman and Schwinger [1, 2].
Nonperturbative dynamics of scalar field theories through the Feynman-Schwinger representation
The Cox model with missing covariate data. cuss the efficient score and information calculations for Cox regression models with missing covariates as introduced in the example in Section 2.
Information bounds for Cox regression models with missing data
In Sect. 3.2 we dis cuss the effect on the non-LTE calculations when multiplying all quantum mechanical rates by the maximum fluctuation factors or by the suggested minimum value (0.5).
Non-LTE calculations for neutral Na in late-type stars using improved atomic data
We also dis cussed how another of the dominant systematic errors, that associated with the truncation of the perturbative series, can be reduced by a factor of two by performing the matching to the MS scheme at 3 GeV rather than the canonical 2 GeV.
Continuum Results for Light Hadronic Quantities using Domain Wall Fermions with the Iwasaki and DSDR Gauge Actions
The Grassmannian G(k, N ) of cussed in section 8.2 and the appendix A of Ref. k-planes in CN is a complex manifold of dimension k(N − k),and can be identified with the homogeneous space U (N )/(U (k) × U (N − k)).
Solitons and Helices: The Search for a Math-Physics Bridge
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