pussy

pussy

1 [poos-ee]
noun, plural pussies.
1.
a cat, especially a kitten.
2.
the game of tipcat.
3.
the tapering piece of wood used in tipcat.

Origin:
1575–85; puss1 + -y2

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pussy

2 [puhs-ee]
adjective, pussier, pussiest. Medicine/Medical.

Origin:
1840–50; pus + -y1

pussy

3 [poos-ee]
noun, plural pussies. Slang: Vulgar.
1.
the vulva.
2.
sexual intercourse with a woman.
3.
Offensive. a woman regarded as a sex object.
4.
Offensive. a timid, passive, or effeminate man.

Origin:
1875–80; perhaps < Dutch, a diminutive of poes ‘vulva’, akin to Low German pūse ‘vulva’, Old English pusa ‘bag’; see purse


All of these meanings are vulgar slang. When referring to a woman, pussy is perceived as insulting.
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pussy1 (ˈpʊsɪ)
 
n , pl pussies
1.  an informal name for a cat puss, Also called: pussycat
2.  a furry catkin, esp that of the pussy willow
3.  a rare word for tipcat
4.  taboo, slang the female pudenda
5.  taboo, slang a woman considered as a sexual object
6.  taboo, slang chiefly (US) an ineffectual or timid person
 
usage  Though possibly not quite as taboo for most people as the c… word, many still consider this item out of bounds in normal conversation and writing

pussy2 (ˈpʌsɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
containing pus

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Word Origin & History

pussy
"cat," 1726, dim. of puss (1), also used of a rabbit (1715). As a term of endearment for a girl or woman, from 1583 (also used of effeminate men). Pussy willow is from 1869, on notion of "soft and furry;" pussyfoot (v.) is from 1903, originally the nickname of stealthy Oklahoma
prohibition agent W.E. Johnson (1862-1945).

pussy
slang for "cunt," 1879, but probably older; perhaps from O.N. puss "pocket, pouch" (cf. Low Ger. puse "vulva"), but perhaps instead from the cat word (see pussy (1)) on notion of "soft, warm, furry thing;" cf. Fr. le chat, which also has a double meaning, feline and genital.
Earlier uses are difficult to distinguish from pussy (1), e.g.:
"The word pussie is now used of a woman" [Philip Stubbes, "The Anatomie of Abuses," 1583]
But the use of pussy as a term of endearment argues against the vaginal sense being generally known before late 19c., e.g.:
" 'What do you think, pussy?' said her father to Eva." [Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1852]
Pussy-whipped first attested 1956.
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pussy pus·sy (pŭs'ē)
adj. pus··si·er, pus··si·est
Containing or resembling pus.

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