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[poo s-ee-kat] /ˈpʊs iˌkæt/
a cat; pussy.
Informal. a person or thing not at all threatening:
a pussycat underneath all his gruffness.
Origin of pussycat
First recorded in 1795-1805; pussy1 + cat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Papa was the pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

  • "I noticed the Owl and the pussycat moored at the pier as we came by," he said.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Thus the tiger has converted the man, in his own mind, to a state as nerveless as the pussycat's.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • He's got a head on him like an observation balloon and a tongue that feels like a pussycat's back.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for pussycat


an informal or child's name for a cat1 (sense 1)
(Brit, informal) an endearing or gentle person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pussycat



  1. A harmless, gentle, or timid person: Iacocca is no closet pussycat masquerading as a tiger
  2. A pleasant and amiable person; doll, honey (1859+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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