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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From a common Germanic word for cat, perhaps ultimately imitative of a sound made to get its attention (compare Arabic بسة). Akin to Dutch poes (puss, cat”, slang for “vagina), West Frisian poes, Low German Puus, Puuskatte, Danish pus, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus.

Found also in several other European, North Africa and West Asian languages; compare Romanian pisică and Sardinian pisittu.

NounEdit

puss (plural pusses)

  1. (informal, often as a term of address) A cat.
    Our local theatre is showing Puss in Boots.
    Come here, puss! I've got some milk for you.
  2. A girl or young woman.
  3. (dated, hunting) A hare.
  4. (vulgar, slang) The vulva (female genitalia).
  5. (vulgar, slang, chiefly Canada, US) A coward; a wuss; someone who is unable to stand up for him- or herself.
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Etymology 2Edit

Of Celtic origin, from or akin to Irish pus (mouth, lip), from Middle Irish bus.

NounEdit

puss (plural pusses)

  1. (slang) The mouth.
    She gave him a slap in the puss.
    • 1991, New York Magazine (volume 24, number 21, page 62)
      Hubbert has a rasping voice and a razory laugh, and he's busy and theatrical in the worst way — a noisy performing pro with whirlwind arms and a saturnine puss.
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From pusse (to clean, polish, plaster, render).

NounEdit

puss m (definite singular pussen, indefinite plural pusser, definite plural pussene)

  1. polish, finery
  2. (a layer of) plaster (mortar), plastering
  3. finery

Etymology 2Edit

 
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From Latin pus.

NounEdit

puss m, n (definite singular pussen or pusset)

  1. (pathology) pus (yellowish fluid from infected tissue)

Etymology 3Edit

Apparently from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German.

New High German Possen (coarse prank), although superficially similar, derives via Middle High German from Old French, and is therefore probably unrelated.

NounEdit

puss n (definite singular pusset, indefinite plural puss, definite plural pussa or pussene)

  1. trick, prank

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From pusse (to clean, polish, plaster, render).

NounEdit

puss m (definite singular pussen, indefinite plural pussar, definite plural pussane)

  1. polish, finery
  2. (a layer of) plaster (mortar), plastering
  3. finery

Etymology 2Edit

 
Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
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From Latin pus.

NounEdit

puss m, n (definite singular pussen or pusset)

  1. (pathology) pus (yellowish fluid from infected tissue)

Etymology 3Edit

Apparently from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German.

New High German Possen (coarse prank), although superficially similar, derives via Middle High German from Old French, and is therefore probably unrelated.

NounEdit

puss n (definite singular pusset, indefinite plural puss, definite plural pussa)

  1. trick, prank

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SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɵs/
  • (file)

NounEdit

puss c

  1. Peck; a light or dispassionate kiss performed with closed lips, used for example as a greeting or in non-sensual/non-sexual contexts.
  2. A puddle, a plash.

DeclensionEdit

Declension of puss 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative puss pussen pussar pussarna
Genitive puss pussens pussars pussarnas

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