- to feign sleep or death.
- to dissemble or pretend ignorance: The baseball broke the window, but the children played possum when asked who had thrown it.
Origin of possum
Examples from the Web for possum
Two hours east of Dallas, sun-drenched granite cliffs loom high above the cloudy waters of Possum Kingdom Lake.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously|Hampton Stevens|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was also called “Possum,” because he looked like one, especially when he grinned.
And Mr. 'Possum said, "W-we saw something very strange out there, Mr. Crow—a v-very curious bird!"Hollow Tree Nights and Days|Albert Bigelow Paine
I've nothing but cold 'possum and tea, and the 'possum's an acquired taste, I'm afraid.A Little Bush Maid|Mary Grant Bruce
It means dat we got ter go er possum huntin' dis yere very night, sah.Up Terrapin River|Opie P. Read
Sometimes Marster let us take his dogs and go huntin' and dey wuz de best 'possum trailers 'round dem parts.
But sometimes she'd bury a 'possum till she had a chance to cook it.
British Dictionary definitions for possum
Word Origin and History for possum
1610s, shortened form of opossum. Phrase play possum is first recorded 1822.
Idioms and Phrases with possum
see play possum.