poussette

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

poussette (plural poussettes)

  1. A movement, or part of a figure, in the contradance.
    • 1846, Charles Dickens, The Battle of Life
      But, now, the Bird of Paradise was seen to flutter down the middle; and the little bells began to bounce and jingle in poussette; and the Doctor's rosy face spun round and round, like an expressive peg-top highly varnished; and breathless Mr. Craggs began to doubt already, whether country dancing had been made 'too easy,' like the rest of life; and Mr. Snitchey, with his nimble cuts and capers, footed it for Self and Craggs, and half-a-dozen more.
  2. A method of cheating in card games, whereby a player surreptitiously changes his or her stake after the cards are dealt.

Verb[edit]

poussette (third-person singular simple present poussettes, present participle poussetting, simple past and past participle poussetted)

  1. To waltz around each other, as two couples do in a contra dance.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

poussette f (plural poussettes)

  1. pushchair (UK), stroller (US)
  2. pushpin

Further reading[edit]