pursy

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pursif "short of breath, asthmatic", probably from Old French pousser "to push; to breathe with difficulty".

AdjectiveEdit

pursy ‎(comparative pursier, superlative pursiest)

  1. Out of breath; short of breath, especially due to fatness.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Fat.
    • 1824, Washington Irwing, Tales of a Traveler, Adventure of the Popkins Family:
      It was a long winding ascent, and obliged him every now and then to stop and blow and wipe his forehead with many a pish! and phew! being rather pursy and short of wind.

Etymology 2Edit

From purse ‎(pucker) +‎ -y and purse ‎(small bag for carrying money) +‎ -y.

AdjectiveEdit

pursy ‎(comparative pursier, superlative pursiest)

  1. Puckered.
  2. Purse-proud, vain about one's wealth.

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