pussy

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From pus + -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: pŭs'i, IPA(key): /ˈpʌsi/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

pussy (comparative pussier, superlative pussiest)

  1. (medicine) Containing pus.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From puss + -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: po͝os'i, IPA(key): /ˈpʊsi/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

pussy (plural pussies)

  1. (colloquial, now rare) An affectionate term for a woman or girl, seen as having characteristics associated with cats such as sweetness. [from 16th c.]
    • 2010, Jojo Moyes, "Why love letters are better left unread", The Telegraph, 3 Jun 2010:
      If Lloyd George’s endearments to mistress Frances Stevenson – “My darling Pussy. You might phone… on Friday if you can come. Don’t let Hankey see you” – had been made similarly public, would he have maintained his own reputation as a towering statesman?
  2. (informal) An affectionate term for a cat. [from 17th c.]
    • 2007, Liz Jones, "Are cats the new dogs?", The Independent, 17 Nov 07:
      And although, as someone recently said to me, they are not "designer" (she had expected my pussies to be expensive, with a pedigree), to me my cats are the most beautiful in the world.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva or vagina. [from 17th c.]
    You have a lovely pussy!
  4. Anything soft and furry; a bloom form, or catkin, as on the pussy willow. [from 19th c.]
  5. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse with a woman. [from 20th c.]
    I’m gonna get me some pussy tonight.
  6. (vulgar, slang, chiefly North America) A coward, a weakling; someone unable to stand up for himself. [from 20th c.]
    • 2007, Matt Keating, "Do everyone a favour and don't bring your cold to work", The Guardian, 26 Nov 07:
      I couldn't carry the burden of shame engendered by the bully-boy advertising of "max-strength" cold and flu remedies, the obvious subtext of which is "Get to work, you pussy."
  7. (dated) The game of tipcat.
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pussy (comparative more pussy, superlative most pussy)

  1. (slang, dated) Alternative form of pursy.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.