My present—and it is to be hoped permanent—wife is not off pursing a spouse more to her liking.
He lifted his brows, pursing his lips whimsically; and Amelia laughed.
And pursing her lips she slowly drew a long stitch of grey thread.
"I await your explanation, sir," resumed the magistrate, pursing his lips.
Mrs. Emery returned to her list, pursing up her lips and wagging her head.
He read on, nodding now and then, pursing his mouth at a word, once copying something on to his own tablets.
"Conscience-money," said Mr. Bonnithorne, pursing up his mouth.
The good priest hummed on, plaiting and replaiting his fingers and pursing his lips.
He just raised his head when I looked in and shook it negatively, pursing up his lips.
"Well, it may be best," she said, pursing her mouth as if she tasted the bitter of some half-suspected and disagreeable future.
Old English pursa "little bag made of leather," especially for carrying money, from Medieval Latin bursa "leather purse" (source also of Old French borse, 12c., Modern French bourse; cf. bourse), from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, leather." Change of b- to p- perhaps by influence of Old English pusa, Old Norse posi "bag."
Meaning "woman's handbag" is attested from 1951. Meaning "sum of money collected as a prize in a race, etc.," is from 1640s. Purse-strings, figurative for "control of money," is from early 15c. Purse-snatcher first attested 1902 (earlier purse-picker, 1540s). The notion of "drawn together by a thong" also is behind purse-net (c.1400).
c.1300, "put in a purse;" c.1600 as "draw together and wrinkle" (as the strings of a money bag), from purse (n.). Related: Pursed; pursing.