muss

An intimidating person, a bully. Someone with a susceptibility to violence who will often become enraged with little or no provocation. Generally a muss will have a reputation for being one, so the label is earned by reputation rather than self-proclamation.
Musses rarely, if ever, take on someone bigger, stronger, or better trained.
2. Of, or pertaining to the physical, emotional and psychological characteristics of Jake from the New Zealand Maori movie, Once Were Warriors.

Did you see how Chris beat that guy within an inch of his life because he asked him for a cigarette? He's a real muss.


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  • muss — UK [mʌs] / US or muss up UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms muss : present tense I/you/we/they muss he/she/it musses present participle mussing past tense mussed past participle mussed American informal to make something untidy, especially… …   English dictionary

  • muss up — muss UK [mʌs] / US or muss up UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms muss : present tense I/you/we/they muss he/she/it musses present participle mussing past tense mussed past participle mussed American informal to make something untidy, especially …   English dictionary

  • Muss — Muss, n. A state of confusion or disorder; prob. variant of mess, but influenced by muss, a scramble. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muss — Muss, n. [Cf. OF. mousche a fly, also, the play called muss, fr. L. musca a fly.] A scramble, as when small objects are thrown down, to be taken by those who can seize them; a confused struggle. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muss — may refer to: Eiryn Muss, a secondary character in The Well of Echoes Jake the Muss Heke, a fictional character in Once Were Warriors This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an in …   Wikipedia

  • muss — muss·i·ly; muss·i·ness; muss; …   English syllables

  • muss|y — «MUHS ee», adjective, muss|i|er, muss|i|est. Informal. untidy; messy; rumpled: »a mussy room …   Useful english dictionary

  • Muss — Muss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mussing}.] To disarrange, as clothing; to rumple; often used with up; as, the wind mussed up my hair. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Muss — Muss, n. [Cf. OE. mus a mouse. See {Mouse}.] A term of endearment. [Obs.] See {Mouse}. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muss — [n] disorder chaos, confusion, disarrangement, hash, mess, mess up, mix up*, muddle, shambles, turmoil; concepts 230,674 Ant. order, organization muss [v] dishevel, disorder clutter, crumple, disarrange, disarray, disorganize, disrupt, disturb,… …   New thesaurus

  • muss — [mus] n. [prob. var. of MESS] 1. Informal a mess; disorder [done without muss or fuss] 2. Dial. a squabble; row; commotion vt. to make messy or disordered; disarrange: often with up …   English World dictionary

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