a woman’s handbag or pocketbook.
a small bag, pouch, or case for carrying money.
anything resembling a purse in appearance, use, etc.
a sum of money offered as a prize or reward.
a sum of money collected as a present or the like.
money, resources, or wealth.
verb (used with object), pursed, pursing.
to contract into folds or wrinkles; pucker:
to purse one’s lips.
to put into a purse.
a small bag or pouch, often made of soft leather, for carrying money, esp coins
(US & Canadian) a woman’s handbag
anything resembling a small bag or pouch in form or function
a sum of money that is offered, esp as a prize
(transitive) to contract (the mouth, lips, etc) into a small rounded shape
Old English pursa “little bag made of leather,” especially for carrying money, from Medieval Latin bursa “leather purse” (source also of Old French borse, 12c., Modern French bourse; cf. bourse), from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa “hide,” from Greek byrsa “hide, leather.” Change of b- to p- perhaps by influence of Old English pusa, Old Norse posi “bag.”
Meaning “woman’s handbag” is attested from 1951. Meaning “sum of money collected as a prize in a race, etc.,” is from 1640s. Purse-strings, figurative for “control of money,” is from early 15c. Purse-snatcher first attested 1902 (earlier purse-picker, 1540s). The notion of “drawn together by a thong” also is behind purse-net (c.1400).
c.1300, “put in a purse;” c.1600 as “draw together and wrinkle” (as the strings of a money bag), from purse (n.). Related: Pursed; pursing.
(1.) Gr. balantion, a bag (Luke 10:4; 22:35, 36). (2.) Gr. zone, properly a girdle (Matt. 10:9; Mark 6:8), a money-belt. As to our Lord’s sending forth his disciples without money in their purses, the remark has been made that in this “there was no departure from the simple manners of the country. At this day the farmer sets out on excursions quite as extensive without a para in his purse; and a modern Moslem prophet of Tarshisha thus sends forth his apostles over this identical region. No traveller in the East would hestitate to throw himself on the hospitality of any village.” Thomson’s Land and the Book. (See SCRIP.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with purse
- Pursed lips breathing
pursed lips breathing n. A technique, used by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in which air is inhaled slowly through the nose and mouth and exhaled slowly through pursed lips.
[purs-proud] /ˈpɜrsˌpraʊd/ adjective 1. proud of one’s wealth, especially in an arrogant or showy manner.
[pur-ser] /ˈpɜr sər/ noun 1. an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers. /ˈpɜːsə/ noun 1. an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers n. […]
[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/ verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining. 1. to fish using a purse seine. noun 1. a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the […]