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”, slang for “vagina), West Frisian poes, Low German Puus, Puuskatte, Danish pus, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus.

Found also in several other European, North Africa and West Asian languages; compare Romanian pisică.

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.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      He then began to beat about, in the same language and in the same manner as if he had been beating for a hare; and at last cried out, "Soho! Puss is not far off. Here's her form, upon my soul; I believe I may cry stole away."
  4. (vulgar, slang) Vulva (female genitalia).
  5. (vulgar, slang, chiefly Canada, US) A coward, a wuss; someone unable to stand up for himself.
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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

Declension[edit]

Inflection of puss 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative puss pussen pussar pussarna
Genitive puss pussens pussars pussarnas

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