[poo s-ee]

noun, plural puss·ies.

Informal. a cat, especially a kitten.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a timid, passive person, especially a man.

Nearby words

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

Origin of pussy

First recorded in 1575–85; puss1 + -y2


[poo s-ee]

noun, plural pus·sies. Slang: Vulgar.

the vulva.
sexual intercourse with a woman.
Disparaging and Offensive. women collectively, regarded as sex objects.

Origin of pussy

1875–80; perhaps < Dutch, a diminutive of poes ‘vulva’, akin to Low German pūse ‘vulva’, Old English pusa ‘bag’; see purse

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British Dictionary definitions for pussies



noun plural pussies

Also called: puss, pussycat (ˈpʊsɪˌkæt) an informal name for a cat 1
a furry catkin, esp that of the pussy willow
a rare word for tipcat
taboo, slang the female pudenda
taboo, slang a woman considered as a sexual object
taboo, slang, mainly US an ineffectual or timid person

Word Origin for pussy

C18: from puss 1


Though possibly not quite as taboo for most people as the c… word, many still consider this item out of bounds in normal conversation and writing



adjective -sier or -siest

containing pus
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Word Origin and History for pussies
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Medicine definitions for pussies




Containing or resembling pus.

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