puss

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From a Common Germanic word for cat, perhaps ultimately imitative of a sound made to get its attention. 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 Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

puss m ‎(definite singular pussen, indefinite plural pusser, definite plural pussene)

  1. polish, finery
  2. (a layer of) plaster (mortar), plastering
  3. finery

Etymology 2[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia no

From Latin pus.

Noun[edit]

puss m, n ‎(definite singular pussen or pusset)

  1. (pathology) pus (yellowish fluid from infected tissue)

Etymology 3[edit]

Apparently from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German.

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

Noun[edit]

puss n ‎(definite singular pusset, indefinite plural puss, definite plural pussa or pussene)

  1. trick, prank

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

puss m ‎(definite singular pussen, indefinite plural pussar, definite plural pussane)

  1. polish, finery
  2. (a layer of) plaster (mortar), plastering
  3. finery

Etymology 2[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia nn

From Latin pus.

Noun[edit]

puss m, n ‎(definite singular pussen or pusset)

  1. (pathology) pus (yellowish fluid from infected tissue)

Etymology 3[edit]

Apparently from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German.

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

Noun[edit]

puss n ‎(definite singular pusset, indefinite plural puss, definite plural pussa)

  1. trick, prank

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Swedish[edit]

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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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