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[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
noun, plural pussies.
Informal. a cat, especially a kitten.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a timid, passive person, especially a man.
tipcat (def 2).
Origin of pussy1
First recorded in 1575-85; puss1 + -y2


[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
noun, plural pussies. Slang: Vulgar.
the vulva.
sexual intercourse with a woman.
Disparaging and Offensive. women collectively, regarded as sex objects.
1875-80; perhaps < Dutch, a diminutive of poes ‘vulva’, akin to Low German pūse ‘vulva’, Old English pusa ‘bag’; see purse Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pussies


noun (pl) pussies
Also called puss, pussycat (ˈpʊsɪˌkæt) an informal name for a cat1
a furry catkin, esp that of the pussy willow
a rare word for tipcat
(taboo, slang) the female pudenda
(taboo, slang) a woman considered as a sexual object
(taboo, slang, mainly US) an ineffectual or timid person
Usage note
Though possibly not quite as taboo for most people as the c… word, many still consider this item out of bounds in normal conversation and writing
Word Origin
C18: from puss1


adjective -sier, -siest
containing pus
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Word Origin and History for pussies



"cat," 1726, diminutive of puss (n.1), also used of a rabbit (1715). As a term of endearment for a girl or woman, from 1580s (also used of effeminate men). To play pussy was World War II RAF slang for "to take advantage of cloud cover, jumping from cloud to cloud to shadow a potential victim or avoid recognition."



slang for "female pudenda," 1879, but probably older; perhaps from Old Norse puss "pocket, pouch" (cf. Low German puse "vulva"), but perhaps instead from the cat word (see pussy (n.1)) on notion of "soft, warm, furry thing;" cf. French le chat, which also has a double meaning, feline and genital. Earlier uses are difficult to distinguish from pussy (n.1), e.g.:

The word pussie is now used of a woman [Philip Stubbes, "The Anatomie of Abuses," 1583]
But the absence of pussy in Grose and other early slang works argues against the vaginal sense being generally known before late 19c., as does its frequent use as a term of endearment in mainstream literature, e.g.:
"What do you think, pussy?" said her father to Eva. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1852]
Pussy-whipped first attested 1956.

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pussies in Medicine

pussy pus·sy (pŭs'ē)
adj. pus··si·er, pus··si·est
Containing or resembling pus.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pussies



Harmless and undemanding; fit for the timid: The bumper cars are pussy (1970s+)


  1. The vulva or vagina (1879+)
  2. A woman as a sex object or partner; ass, tail: Where I come from we call that kind of stuff table pussy (1879+)
  3. A harmless person, either gentle or timid or both; pussycat: Space Invaders are pussies compared to the marketing aggression of the major producers (1859+)

Related Terms

eatin' stuff, wood-pussy

[fr pussy, ''cat,'' found by 1726]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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