[poo s-ee-kat]


a cat; pussy.
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
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Examples from the Web for pussycat

Contemporary Examples of pussycat

Historical Examples of pussycat

  • Papa was the Pussycat and she was the little mouse in her hole under the bed-clothes.

  • "I noticed the Owl and the Pussycat moored at the pier as we came by," he said.

    Horace Chase

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • Thus the tiger has converted the man, in his own mind, to a state as nerveless as the pussycat's.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pussycat



an informal or child's name for a cat 1 (def. 1)
British informal an endearing or gentle person
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