pursy

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English pursif "short of breath, asthmatic", probably from Old French pousser "to push; to breathe with difficulty".

Adjective[edit]

pursy (comparative more pursy, superlative most pursy)

  1. out of breath; short of breath, especially due to fatness
  2. fat
    • 1824, Washington Irwing, Tales of a Traveler, Adventure of the Popkins Family:
      It was a long winding ascent, and obliged him every now and then to stop and blow and wipe his forehead with many a pish! and phew! being rather pursy and short of wind.

Etymology 2[edit]

From purse (pucker) +‎ -y and purse (small bag for carrying money) +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

pursy (comparative more pursy, superlative most pursy)

  1. puckered
  2. purse-proud, vain about one's wealth

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