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pursy1

[pur-see] /ˈpɜr si/
adjective, pursier, pursiest.
1.
short-winded, especially from corpulence or fatness.
2.
corpulent or fat.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English purcy, variant of Middle English pursif < Anglo-French porsif, variant of Old French polsif, derivative (see -ive) of polser to pant, heave. See push
Related forms
pursily, adverb
pursiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pursiness

pursy

/ˈpɜːsɪ/
adjective
1.
short-winded
2.
(archaic) fat; overweight
Word Origin
C15: alteration of earlier pursive, from Anglo-French porsif, ultimately from Latin pulsāre to pulsate
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