- a cat.
- Informal. a girl or woman: often used as a form of affectionate address.
- British. a hare.
Origin of puss1
- face: She smacked him in the puss.
- mouth: Shut your puss before I shut it for you.
Origin of puss2
Related Words for pussmuzzle, physiognomy, visage, kisser, smirk, mug, feature, glower, countenance, mouth, grimace, frown
Examples from the Web for puss
Contemporary Examples of puss
In other words, in his second term, President Obama needs to kick Richard Nixon right square in the puss.Obama Has Already Quietly Begun Revising the Government’s War on Drugs
July 5, 2012
There also was no hesitation to get down and dirty again with Puss in Boots.
On others, he will be the voice of the delightful animated cat in Puss in Boots, whom everyone loves from the Shrek movies.
The Spanish star plays a sociopath in his cinematic reunion with Pedro Almodóvar—and a Casanova feline in Puss in Boots.
Historical Examples of puss
Why couldn't he ask me how I felt or pull my ear and say "Hello, Puss?"The Harbor
Here is a recipe for very nice Graham bread for Puss Hunter.
I wish Puss Hunter, if she tries it, would tell me if she has success.
Puss no sooner perceived this, but he fell upon him, and ate him up.The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Puss had no sooner been liberated than she bounded out at the open door.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Word Origin for puss
- the face
- Irish a gloomy or sullen expression
Word Origin for puss
"cat," 1520s, but probably much older than the record, perhaps imitative of the hissing sound commonly used to get a cat's attention. A conventional name for a cat in Germanic languages and as far off as Afghanistan; it is the root of the principal word for "cat" in Rumanian (pisica) and secondary words in Lithuanian (puz), Low German (puus), Swedish dialect katte-pus, etc. Applied to a girl or woman from c.1600, originally in a negative sense, implying unpleasant cat-like qualities; but by mid-19c. in affectionate use.
"the face" (but sometimes, especially in pugilism slang, "the mouth"), 1890, slang, from Irish pus "lip, mouth."