verb (used with object), pursed, purs·ing.
- purse crab,
- purse seine,
- purse strings,
Origin of purse
Examples from the Web for purse
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The padlocked door down the hall was now open, and I found my purse.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She retrieved a cigarette from her purse and lit it without moving her face away from the screen.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These are longer than traditional ads, mini-stories, designed to pull at heart- as well as purse strings.How Monty The Penguin Won Christmas: Britain’s Epic, Emotional Commercials|Tim Teeman|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I travel and kids run up to me, all that the girls want to do is look in my purse and put on my lip glosses and chapsticks.
He put the purse back, and covered it again with great care.Wenderholme|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
And that's why you wanted to prove me a thief with this purse.The Road to Damascus|August Strindberg
I had brought over a few curiosities, among which the principal was a purse made of the asbestos, which purifies by fire.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin|Benjamin Franklin
It is occupied by one of his officers, who carries the purse and makes payments.At the Point of the Bayonet|G. A. Henty
Arthur explained his hasty return by alleging he had forgot his purse at the convent.Anne of Geierstein|Walter Scott
Word Origin for purse
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with purse
- purse strings
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear