purse

[ purs ]
/ pɜrs /

noun

verb (used with object), pursed, purs·ing.

to contract into folds or wrinkles; pucker: to purse one's lips.
to put into a purse.

Origin of purse

before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English purs, blend of pusa bag (cognate with Old Norse posi) and Medieval Latin bursa bag (≪ Greek býrsa hide, leather); (v.) Middle English pursen to put in a purse, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM purse

purse·less, adjectivepurse·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH purse

briefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet
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British Dictionary definitions for purse

purse
/ (pɜːs) /

noun

a small bag or pouch, often made of soft leather, for carrying money, esp coins
US and Canadian a woman's handbag
anything resembling a small bag or pouch in form or function
wealth; funds
a sum of money that is offered, esp as a prize

verb

(tr) to contract (the mouth, lips, etc) into a small rounded shape

Word Origin for purse

Old English purs, probably from Late Latin bursa bag, ultimately from Greek: leather
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Idioms and Phrases with purse

purse

In addition to the idiom beginning with purse

  • purse strings

also see:

  • can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
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