• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tousled in disarray; extremely disorderly "her clothing was disheveled","powder-smeared and frowzled","a rumpled unmade bed","a bed with tousled sheets","his brown hair was tousled, thick, and curly"- Al Spiers"
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In literature:

Over the child's tousled head she smiled nervously at her staring guests.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
It was glistening, gleaming white, and the dreary pine trees bowed their tousled heads under a burden of snow.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Hazel sat up, patting her tousled hair into some semblance of order.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
A girl, tousle-headed and heavy-eyed, looking as if she, too, had slept on a hillside or slept very little in bed, came to him.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
I saw then that the contending parties were Angel and a boy whose tousled head was fully six inches above my brother's.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Gubblum Oglethorpe, peddler, of Branth'et Edge, got off his pony and stroked its tousled mane.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He glared at them from under his tousled hair, then uttered a war-whoop.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Sam presently appeared, tousled and flushed with sleep, his blue eyes scornfully resentful.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Eyes of shallow blue beneath a fringe of yellow-dyed, tousled locks.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
She ceased her frantic efforts as suddenly as she had begun them, drying her hands and tousling her hair fiercely.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
A glance in a mirror showed him his sleek hair tousled into an upstanding wig.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
But though it was nearly green and had tousled top, it was not a parrot, and it would not do.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
You like to be tousled and you know it; else why do you tag me all over the place when I don't want you?
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Marion looked up, and, seeing Florence, burst into laughter at her tousled locks and red cheeks.
"With Edge Tools" by Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
The men ran from the house, hatless, their tousled hair flying in the night.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
Boone drew the mask from his tousled head and shuffled his feet.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Bob Steele appeared, more tousled and more sleepy-looking than Tom.
"Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point" by Alice B. Emerson
She was wearing a light dressing gown, her hair tousled.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Their wigs of tousled hair stood out all over their heads like the petals of enormous chrysanthemums.
"Molly Brown's Freshman Days" by Nell Speed
His hair, tousled by a fur cap, had a wave above the forehead; his almost black eyes looked straight at you without boldness.
"Poppea of the Post-Office" by Mabel Osgood Wright

In poetry:

across love-tousled sheets,
the triremes fading.
Ar the carved door of her temple
a fly wrings its message.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
But if he stood and watched the frigid wind
Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed
Telling himself that this was home, and grinned,
And shivered, without shaking off the dread
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
Low hidden in among the forest trees
An artist's tilted easel, ankle-deep
In tousled ferns and mosses, and in these
A fluffy water-spaniel, half asleep
Beside a sketch-book and a fallen hat--
A little wicker flask tossed into that.
"A Water-Color" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

"The low deep side part gives it a sexy look," said hairstylist Lona Vigi who created Cameron Diaz 's tousled bob.
0At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif June 5, the 35-year-old rocked tousled waves and a form-fitting Zac Posen dress.
Tame frizz by tousling hair with fingertips coated in serum.
His clipless Conair curling iron easily creates tousled waves.
Copy Blake Lively's Tousled Fishtail Braid.
Stewart went for a bit more tousling and her signature messy part.
He appears tousled headed in the doorway, wearing green scrubs, glasses hanging from a lanyard around his neck.
His carefully tousled blond mop.
0As a huge fan of loose, tousled waves, it was refreshing to see Cyrus sport a flirty slicked-back pony at the premiere for her flick, The Last Song, in Hollywood on March 25, 2010.
True, your favorite little black dress feels somewhat tight, but it's still elegant, and the wind outside only tousled your hair a little.
Stylists at the Waldorf Astoria's sumptuous in-house salon prepare the fabulously tousled tresses of the charity circuit's benefit bunch.
Men's and Women's Tousled Hair at Richard Chai.
The Richard Chai Autumn/Winter 2012 show today featured models with tousled hair.
With that tousled, surfer-dude hair and brooding gaze, who wouldn't want to spend hours poring over photos of him in European magazines and advertisements.
He's got that permanently tousled hair.

In science:

Liaw. mars and tousled-like kinase act in parallel to ensure chromosome fidelity in drosophila.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation

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