EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From puss +‎ -y (diminutive suffix).

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NounEdit

pussy (plural pussies)

 
A pussy (1)
  1. (informal, endearing) A cat. [from 17th c.]
    • 2007, Liz Jones, "Are cats the new dogs?", The Independent, 17 Nov 07:
      And although, as someone recently said to me, they are not "designer" (she had expected my pussies to be expensive, with a pedigree), to me my cats are the most beautiful in the world.
  2. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia; the vulva and/or vagina. [from 17th c.]
    • [2016, Alexandra Sirowy, The Telling (young adult fiction), Simon & Schuster, page 6:
      There's a lot of disagreement about where that word came from. Pussy is actually a diminutive of pusillanimous, meaning cowardly. Although maybe the origin doesn't matter, since everyone equates it with the female anatomy anyway?]
  3. Anything soft and furry; a bloom form, or catkin, as on the pussy willow. [from 19th c.]
  4. (vulgar, slang, uncountable, normally in the phrase "to get some pussy") Sexual intercourse with a woman. [from 20th c.]
    I’m gonna get me some pussy tonight.
    • 1991, Daniel Clowes, Art School Confidential:
      The teachers are not there to help you. Most oft them are still freelancers and the last thing they want is more competition. They are there because they need a steady paycheck and they hope to score some pussy!
  5. (derogatory, vulgar, slang, chiefly Canada, US) A coward; a weakling; an ineffectual, timid, or pathetic person. [from 20th c.]
    You're such a pussy!
    • 1925, Sinclair Lewis, Martin Arrowsmith (fiction), Harcourt Brace & Company:
      You ought to hear some of the docs that are the sweetest old pussies with their patients—the way they bawl out the nurses. But labs—they seem sort of real. I don't suppose you can bluff a bacteria—what is it?—bacterium?
    • 2007 November 26, Matt Keating, “Do everyone a favour and don't bring your cold to work”, in The Guardian[1], archived from the original on 6 October 2014:
      I couldn't carry the burden of shame engendered by the bully-boy advertising of "max-strength" cold and flu remedies, the obvious subtext of which is "Get to work, you pussy."
    • 2010, BioWare, Mass Effect 2, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, OCLC 865290061, PC, scene: Prison Ship Purgatory:
      Shepard: You're in a bad situation, and I'm going to get you out of here.
      Jack: Shit, you sound like a pussy.
  6. (colloquial, endearing, now rare) A woman or girl, seen as having characteristics associated with cats such as sweetness. [from 16th c.]
    • 2010, Jojo Moyes, "Why love letters are better left unread", The Telegraph, 3 Jun 2010:
      If Lloyd George’s endearments to mistress Frances Stevenson – “My darling Pussy. You might phone… on Friday if you can come. Don’t let Hankey see you” – had been made similarly public, would he have maintained his own reputation as a towering statesman?
  7. (vulgar, gay slang) The anus of a man, usually the passive participant in gay sex.
  8. (dated) A game of tipcat.
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  • Maori: poti, puihi
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Etymology 2Edit

From pus +‎ -y.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: pŭs'i, IPA(key): /ˈpʌsi/
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AdjectiveEdit

pussy (comparative pussier, superlative pussiest)

  1. (medicine) Containing pus.
    Synonym: purulent
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Etymology 3Edit

AdjectiveEdit

pussy (comparative more pussy, superlative most pussy)

  1. (slang, dated) Alternative form of pursy

Further readingEdit

  • pussy at OneLook Dictionary Search

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