Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Touse \Touse\, Touze \Touze\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Toused; p. pr. & vb. n. Tousing.] [OE. tosen [root]64. See tease, and cf. Tose, Toze. ] To pull; to haul; to tear; to worry. [Prov. Eng.] --Shak.
As a bear, whom angry curs have touzed. --Spenser.Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) http://dict.die.net/touse/
to tousle/tumble a woman (L&M Glossary)
whence : thy tousled unkept look, dragged thru an 'edge backwards or did thee comb thy 'air with a leg of a chair.
from L&M Large Glossary.....for "towse":to tousle/tumble a woman.
Alas, they don't have an entry for "tousle."
"Tousle" is still current in UK English -- it means to ruffle or untidy someone's hair, clothing, etc.
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