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Diminutive of octopus, either from octopus +‎ -y or by analogy with pussy.


octopussy (plural octopussies)

  1. (childish or affectionate) An octopus.
    • 1978, Ronald Pearsall, Tides of War
      Lovable old Sam, with as many arms as an octopussy.
    • 1996, Ruth Ryan Langan, Dulcie's Gift
      "Big fish like sharks and whales and—" she struggled with the word "— octopussies."
    • 2004, Buck Tilton, Sex in the Outdoors
      The bloody sea is filled with giant, man-eating sharks, and poisonous jellyfish, and bloody poisonous octopussies.