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pussy1

[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
noun, plural pussies.
1.
a cat, especially a kitten.
2.
the game of tipcat.
3.
the tapering piece of wood used in tipcat.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; puss1 + -y2

pussy2

[puhs-ee] /ˈpʌs i/
adjective, pussier, pussiest. Medicine/Medical
1.
Origin
1840-50; pus + -y1

pussy3

[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/
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
Usage note
All of these meanings are vulgar slang. When referring to a woman, pussy is perceived as insulting.
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British Dictionary definitions for pussy

pussy1

/ˈpʊsɪ/
noun (pl) pussies
1.
Also called puss, pussycat (ˈpʊsɪˌkæt) an informal name for a cat1
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, mainly US) an ineffectual or timid person
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C18: from puss1

pussy2

/ˈpʌsɪ/
adjective -sier, -siest
1.
containing pus
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Word Origin and History for pussy
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 in Medicine

pussy pus·sy (pŭs'ē)
adj. pus··si·er, pus··si·est
Containing or resembling pus.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pussy

pussy

adjective

Harmless and undemanding; fit for the timid: The bumper cars are pussy (1970s+)

noun
  1. The vulva or vagina (1879+)
  2. A woman as a sex object or partner; ass, tail: Where I come from we call that kind of stuff table pussy (1879+)
  3. A harmless person, either gentle or timid or both; pussycat: Space Invaders are pussies compared to the marketing aggression of the major producers (1859+)
Related Terms

eatin' stuff, wood-pussy

[fr pussy, ''cat,'' found by 1726]


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