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noun, plural pop·sies. British Informal.
  1. a girl or young woman.
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Origin of popsy

1860–65; generic use of a term of endearment, probably pop(pet) + -sy
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Examples from the Web for popsy

Historical Examples

  • When bigger and better lies are told, we tell them, don't we, Popsy?


    Henry Beam Piper

  • "Popsy said you wouldn't come, but I knew you would," she sighed.

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • People quite jumped in their chairs, and Popsy, Lady Ramsgate, gave a little scream.

  • In practising the war-dance of the Umgaroos, Popsy twirled her weapon too wide and struck the girl on the head.

  • “Now do hold its dear little tongue, and go to its popsy,” said Mrs Scholtz tenderly.

British Dictionary definitions for popsy


noun plural -sies
  1. old-fashioned, British slang an attractive young woman
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Word Origin

C19: diminutive formed from pop, shortened from poppet; originally a nursery term
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