verb (used without object)
noun, plural puss·y·foots.
Origin of pussyfoot
Examples from the Web for pussyfoot
Converting a pussyfoot into liquid measure with caustic soda water.The Nurserymatograph|A Lawyer
Mr. Pussyfoot Johnson has told a Glasgow audience that he is no kill-joy, but smokes cigars.
Are Mr. Volstead or Mr. Pussyfoot Johnson satisfied with the present condition of things in their country?My Impresssions of America|Margot Asquith
Your king of Kusiak has to learn some time that everybody isn't going to sidestep him and pussyfoot when he's around.The Yukon Trail|William MacLeod Raine
But that is another story, and might bring Mr. Pussyfoot Johnson on the scene before his time.What I Saw in America|G. K. Chesterton
noun plural -foots
also pussy-foot, 1903, "tread softly," from pussy (n.1) + foot (n.). As a noun from 1911, "a detective," American English, from the nickname of U.S. government Indian Affairs agent W.E. Johnson (1862-1945), in charge of suppressing liquor traffic on Indian reservations in Oklahoma, who was noted for his stealthy tactics. Related: Pussyfooting; pussy-footed (1893).