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pussy1

[poo s-ee]
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noun, plural puss·ies.
  1. Informal. a cat, especially a kitten.
  2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a timid, passive person, especially a man.
  3. tipcat(def 2).
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Origin of pussy1

First recorded in 1575–85; puss1 + -y2

pussy2

[poo s-ee]
noun, plural pus·sies. Slang: Vulgar.
  1. the vulva.
  2. sexual intercourse with a woman.
  3. Disparaging and Offensive. women collectively, regarded as sex objects.
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Origin of pussy2

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

pussy3

[puhs-ee]
adjective, pus·si·er, pus·si·est. Medicine/Medical.
  1. puslike.
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Origin of pussy3

First recorded in 1840–50; pus + -y1
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for pussy

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  • "And I thank you, too, Wiseli," said Pussy; for she would not be behind the others in her thanks.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • When the little thing is gentle and good, then I call her 'Pussy.'

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Why do you make such a deafening noise, you pussy cat, there behind the stove?

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Otto and Pussy also paid several visits, armed with dainties for their favorite.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Otto and Pussy had taken their seats, full of excitement and expectancy.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri


British Dictionary definitions for pussy

pussy1

noun plural pussies
  1. Also called: puss, pussycat (ˈpʊsɪˌkæt) an informal name for a cat 1
  2. a furry catkin, esp that of the pussy willow
  3. a rare word for tipcat
  4. taboo, slang the female pudenda
  5. taboo, slang a woman considered as a sexual object
  6. taboo, slang, mainly US an ineffectual or timid person
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Word Origin

C18: from puss 1

usage

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

pussy2

adjective -sier or -siest
  1. containing pus
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Word Origin and History for pussy

n.1

"cat," 1726, diminutive of puss (n.1), also used of a rabbit (1715). As a term of endearment for a girl or woman, from 1580s (also used of effeminate men). To play pussy was World War II RAF slang for "to take advantage of cloud cover, jumping from cloud to cloud to shadow a potential victim or avoid recognition."

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n.2

slang for "female pudenda," 1879, but probably older; perhaps from Old Norse puss "pocket, pouch" (cf. Low German puse "vulva"), but perhaps instead from the cat word (see pussy (n.1)) on notion of "soft, warm, furry thing;" cf. French le chat, which also has a double meaning, feline and genital. Earlier uses are difficult to distinguish from pussy (n.1), e.g.:

The word pussie is now used of a woman [Philip Stubbes, "The Anatomie of Abuses," 1583]

But the absence of pussy in Grose and other early slang works argues against the vaginal sense being generally known before late 19c., as does its frequent use as a term of endearment in mainstream literature, e.g.:

"What do you think, pussy?" said her father to Eva. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1852]

Pussy-whipped first attested 1956.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pussy in Medicine

pussy

(pŭsē)
adj.
  1. Containing or resembling pus.
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