puss

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Etymology 1[edit]

From a Common Germanic word for cat. Akin to Dutch poes (puss, cat, vagina), West Frisian poes, Low German Puus, Puuskatte, Danish pus, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus.

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

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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