puss

1
[poo s]
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noun

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

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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Examples from the Web for pusses

Historical Examples of pusses

  • Them pusses is mannyfactered express for the convenience o' the fakers.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Them pusses that take care of old rich folks marry 'em sometimes,—'n' they don't commonly live a great while after that.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)


British Dictionary definitions for pusses

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

puss

2

noun slang

the face
Irish a gloomy or sullen expression

Word Origin for puss

C17: from Irish pus
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Word Origin and History for pusses

puss

n.1

"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.

puss

n.2

"the face" (but sometimes, especially in pugilism slang, "the mouth"), 1890, slang, from Irish pus "lip, mouth."

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