puss

1
[poo s]

noun

a cat.
Informal. a girl or woman: often used as a form of affectionate address.
British. a hare.

Nearby words

  1. pushtu,
  2. pushy,
  3. pusillanimity,
  4. pusillanimous,
  5. puskas,
  6. puss in the corner,
  7. puss moth,
  8. pussy,
  9. pussy willow,
  10. pussy-cat

Origin of puss

1
1520–30; akin to Dutch poes, Low German puus-katte, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian puse(kat)

Related formspuss·like, adjective

Can be confusedpus puss

puss

2
[poo s]

noun Slang.

face: She smacked him in the puss.
mouth: Shut your puss before I shut it for you.

Origin of puss

2
First recorded in 1880–85, puss is from the Irish word pus lip, mouth

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British Dictionary definitions for puss

puss

1

noun

an informal name for a cat 1 (def. 1) See also pussy 1 (def. 1)
slang a girl or woman
an informal name for a hare

Word Origin for puss

C16: related to Middle Low German pūs, Dutch poes, Lithuanian puz

noun slang

the face
Irish a gloomy or sullen expression

Word Origin for puss

C17: from Irish pus

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