Definition of cuss in English:

cuss

noun

informal
  • 1An annoying or stubborn person or animal.

    ‘he was certainly an unsociable cuss’
    • ‘King is also said to be a moody, irascible, and emotional cuss.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm just turning into a grumpy old cuss in middle age.’
    • ‘‘He sure is a stubborn little cuss ain't he?’ asked Mike, quite amused.’
    • ‘Stubborn cusses that they are, those dogmatic mathematicians insisted on using the old, messy value of pi.’
    • ‘Langford's always come off like an ornery cuss, a guy who doesn't suffer fools gladly.’
    • ‘But Heath was a stubborn old cuss, and saw no one fit to replace him, so he hung on into 1975.’
    • ‘She's the sort of contentious cuss who would be flipping the bird to the courts no matter what the circumstances.’
    • ‘If the Booty Crew, the orneriest bunch of cusses ever to sling a keyboard in the name of quality climbing gear, had a motto, that would be it.’
    • ‘And what has become of the manager's reputation for being an argumentative cuss?’
    • ‘Straus, celebrated by all as the most independent cuss in publishing, readily agreed.’
    • ‘Seven years after his last book, he is back - and the old cuss is leaner, meaner, and bloodier than ever.’
    • ‘Which reminds me: he could be a stubborn cuss, too.’
    • ‘In the face of modernity, there's a thrill in watching an ornery cuss who clings to the old ways.’
    • ‘And although Beryl, simple lass of cheery disposition, has tried to sweet talk Tom on more than one social occasion, the old cuss has always rebuffed the olive branch.’
    • ‘An insubordinate cuss, he knows that insubordination becomes an admirable trait in an age when the torturer's first line of defense is that he was merely following orders.’
    • ‘The misanthrope is a harmless cuss, keeping mainly to herself and bothering no one, asking only that you not bother her.’
    • ‘The target audiences are Fleming's fans and less demanding listeners, not mopey cusses who concern themselves with matters such as style and authenticity.’
    • ‘A stubborn cuss, who would never accept what I didn't believe, and could not be beaten into believing it, or appearing to believe it.’
    • ‘They were mean and ornery cusses wanted dead or alive in a dozen towns.’
    • ‘It's no secret, I wrote, that most reporters are opinionated cusses.’
    source of annoyance, source of irritation, annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritant, problem, difficulty, trouble, trial, burden
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  • 2

    another term for curse (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘I was on the ship for a long time, so I must have heard a cuss or two.’
    • ‘Either it'll get worse, and I'll end up with a fabulous accent in an alternate reality, or it'll wear off when I find a new cuss of the week.’
    • ‘I groaned when my head hit the table and a long stream of cusses came flying out under my breath.’
    • ‘Before the others could comment a rumble and crash came from Michelle's kitchen followed by a string of muffled cusses and an ‘I didn't do it!’’
    • ‘She said the word like a cuss, glancing first at her partner and then at Fox.’
    • ‘‘That is absolutely no concern to me, I couldn't give a cuss about it,’ O'Neill said.’
    • ‘So without further ado ladies and gentlemen, he presents his first ever attempt at a cuss free column…’
    • ‘Not because it was a cuss - I am bad that way, in the right company - but because I hadn't adopted the usual FCC standards when doing an interview.’
    • ‘But if I die I don't give a tinkers cuss who gets my body parts.’
    • ‘Putting her hand on the receiver in case there should be any outbursts of cusses or derogatory remarks, she told her friend.’
    • ‘I don't ordinarily come into contact with teenagers, so one of the many great things about my wife's teaching career is that it gives me an insight into the latest classroom cusses and slang.’
    • ‘Jamie let a string of cusses fly before realising who'd knocked into him.’
    • ‘‘Wizards,’ I swore, making the average word a cuss.’
    • ‘Seriously, folks, I was beside myself with nerves, and I ain't a stranger to a cuss at the best of times.’
    • ‘Often, the kid would be calm and gentle for a while then without warning, he would explode into a series of cusses and threats.’
    • ‘However, you gotta mix up the cusses so people think you're creative.’
    • ‘Instead of yelling back or muttering cusses at her father, Jazlyn just balled her hands into fists.’
    • ‘Kaze growled once more a cuss at the creatures that had attacked them.’
    • ‘One minute I was on the ground and the next I was getting to my feet, screaming cusses over Jamal's harsh laughter.’
    • ‘He tossed her away lightly, and she flung a slurry of angry Spanish cusses at him.’

verb

informal
  • another term for curse (sense 2 of the verb)
    • ‘Except they were so loud we couldn't hear Pink Floyd and various people started swearing and cussing.’
    • ‘He sort of crawled face first down the channel, banging against rocks, cussing louder by the moment.’
    • ‘God love her, she has this ladylike way of boiling things down to their essence while the rest of us are fuming and cussing.’
    • ‘Of course, one of those writers was Chandler himself, who helped drag crime fiction, kicking and cussing, into the 20th century.’
    • ‘Regular customers, including me, were moaning and cussing.’
    • ‘A few of the other girls were cussing, using some of the ‘stinkest’ words I'd ever heard.’
    • ‘I would have carried that car back to town on my back just to get within cussing distance of the pair of them and give them a piece of my mind.’
    • ‘Her voice was just so unique, and she was cussing up a storm and speaking straight like we was on the street, having a conversation.’
    • ‘They drew swords, and fought fiercely, cussing and insulting each other as swiftly as they threw blows.’
    • ‘If it's gratuitous swearing you want, then top-quality cussing you shall have, my friends!’
    • ‘The man cusses as he reaches beneath the bed with his left hand without getting up.’
    • ‘He pulls me through the crowd, much as I try to fight back, hissing insults and cussing at him like a sailor.’
    • ‘As my eyes took in the entire scene, I saw a man, cussing to high heaven and rushing around, looking for another missile to hurl at the lady.’
    • ‘He was screaming and carrying on and raving and cussing and taunting me and trying his best to escape from whatever restraints we put him in so that he could come after me.’
    • ‘I was cussing them and swearing never to watch the show again because the fix was in.’
    • ‘Flash forward to Miami International Airport, the said cake bearer is overheard cussing and carrying on in a most unruly fashion.’
    • ‘Poor girl was livid and started cussing him, as after all of this, there was no evidence anywhere to suggest that any painting had even started!’
    • ‘Usually after they heard Ricky cussing and swearing, they would think that they would just having another argument.’
    • ‘She yelled at Melissa because she cussed a little bit and mom cusses more than Melissa.’
    • ‘He wanders around Manhattan, unshaven, unbathed, and smoking and cussing a lot.’

Pronunciation

cuss

/kʌs/