to fight, struggle, contend, etc. briefly but vigorously; wrestle; scuffle
Origin of tussleLate Middle English tussillen, frequentative of tusen (in compound ), to pull: see tousle
a brief but vigorous struggle or contest; scuffle
intransitive verbtus·sled, tus·sling, tus·sles
To struggle roughly; scuffle.
A rough or vigorous struggle; a scuffle.
Origin of tussleMiddle English tussillen, frequentative of -tousen, to pull roughly.
(third-person singular simple present tussles, present participle tussling, simple past and past participle tussled)
- To have a tussle.
- The two sets of fans were tussling before the game.
Related to tousle.