puss

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Etymology 1[edit]

From a Common Germanic word for cat. Akin to Dutch poes (puss, cat), Low German puus-katte, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus.

Found also in several other European and Western Asian languages. Compare Romanian pisica.

The 'vulva' sense is a clipping of pussy.

Noun[edit]

puss (plural pusses)

  1. (informal) A cat.
    Our local theatre is showing Puss in Boots.
  2. A girl or young woman.
  3. (dated, hunting) A hare.
  4. (vulgar, slang) vulva (female genitalia)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Of Celtic origin, from or akin to Irish pus (mouth, lip), from Middle Irish bus.

Noun[edit]

puss (plural pusses)

  1. (slang) The mouth.
    She gave him a slap in the puss.
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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From pusse (to clean, polish, plaster, render).

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puss m

  1. polish, finery
  2. plaster, plastering
  3. finery

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin pus.

Noun[edit]

puss m, n

  1. pus, matter

Etymology 3[edit]

Apparently from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German.[1]

New High German Possen (coarse prank), although superficially similar, derives via Middle High German from Old French, and is therefore probably unrelated.

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puss n

  1. trick, prank

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puss c

  1. peck; a light or dispassionate kiss performed with closed lips, used for example as a greeting or in non-sensual/non-sexual contexts
  2. a puddle, a plash

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