[ poos-ee-kat ]
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  1. a cat; pussy.

  2. Informal. a person or thing not at all threatening: a pussycat underneath all his gruffness.

Origin of pussycat

First recorded in 1795–1805; pussy1 + cat

Words Nearby pussycat

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How to use pussycat in a sentence

  • Logan wasn't much over five feet tall, and his flight suit made him look like a bald pussycat.

    Tight Squeeze | Dean Charles Ing
  • The only thing I knew for sure was that I wasn't going to hand over any helpless little pussycat to a guy with eyes like that.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He's got a head on him like an observation balloon and a tongue that feels like a pussycat's back.

    Torchy As A Pa | Sewell Ford
  • I was quite willing to believe that the titan before me was able to perform the tiger-pussycat metamorphosis.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
  • "I noticed the Owl and the pussycat moored at the pier as we came by," he said.

    Horace Chase | Constance Fenimore Woolson

British Dictionary definitions for pussycat


/ (ˈpʊsɪˌkæt) /

  1. an informal or child's name for a cat 1 (def. 1)

  2. British informal an endearing or gentle person

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