Puss



[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.
[poo s] /pʊs/
noun, Slang.
1.
face:
She smacked him in the puss.
2.
mouth:
Shut your puss before I shut it for you.
/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
/pʊs/
noun (slang)
1.
the face
2.
(Irish) a gloomy or sullen expression
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.”

noun

The face: one sock in the puss

Related Terms

glamour-puss, picklepuss, sourpuss

[1890+; fr Irish pus, ”lip, mouth”]

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; great, rad, tits

[1990s+; fr pussy]

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