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puss1

[poo s] /pʊs/
noun
1.
a cat.
2.
Informal. a girl or woman: often used as a form of affectionate address.
3.
British. a hare.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; akin to Dutch poes, Low German puus-katte, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian puse(kat)
Related forms
pusslike, adjective

puss2

[poo s] /pʊs/
noun, Slang.
1.
face:
She smacked him in the puss.
2.
mouth:
Shut your puss before I shut it for you.
Origin
1880-85; < Irish pus lip, mouth
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  • Naturally, she is far more drawn to his imported puss.
  • She was supposed to be a brainy television anchor, not some glamour puss whose job depended on her looks.
  • And he said that it was written about the oozing of puss in his back and all that.
British Dictionary definitions for puss

puss1

/pʊs/
noun
1.
an informal name for a cat1 (sense 1) See also pussy1 (sense 1)
2.
(slang) a girl or woman
3.
an informal name for a hare
Word Origin
C16: related to Middle Low German pūs, Dutch poes, Lithuanian puz

puss2

/pʊs/
noun (slang)
1.
the face
2.
(Irish) a gloomy or sullen expression
Word Origin
C17: from Irish pus
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Word Origin and History for puss
n.

"cat," 1520s, but probably much older than the record, perhaps imitative of the hissing sound commonly used to get a cat's attention. A conventional name for a cat in Germanic languages and as far off as Afghanistan; it is the root of the principal word for "cat" in Rumanian (pisica) and secondary words in Lithuanian (puz), Low German (puus), Swedish dialect katte-pus, etc. Applied to a girl or woman from c.1600, originally in a negative sense, implying unpleasant cat-like qualities; but by mid-19c. in affectionate use.

"the face" (but sometimes, especially in pugilism slang, "the mouth"), 1890, slang, from Irish pus "lip, mouth."

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Slang definitions & phrases for puss

puss

noun

The face: one sock in the puss

Related Terms

glamour-puss, picklepuss, sourpuss

[1890+; fr Irish pus, ''lip, mouth'']


puss 2

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; great, rad, tits

[1990s+; fr pussy]


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