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puss

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[ poos ]
/ pʊs /
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noun
a cat.
Informal. a girl or woman: often used as a form of affectionate address.
British. a hare.
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Origin of puss

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

OTHER WORDS FROM puss

pusslike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH puss

pus, puss

Other definitions for puss (2 of 2)

puss2
[ poos ]
/ pʊs /

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

Origin of puss

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First recorded in 1880–85, puss is from the Irish word pus lip, mouth
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British Dictionary definitions for puss (1 of 2)

puss1
/ (pʊs) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for puss (2 of 2)

puss2
/ (pʊs) /

noun slang
the face
Irish a gloomy or sullen expression

Word Origin for puss

C17: from Irish pus
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