[poo s-ee-foo t] /ˈpʊs iˌfʊt/
verb (used without object)
to go or move in a stealthy or cautious manner.
to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at issue.
noun, plural pussyfoots.
a person with a catlike, or soft and stealthy, tread.
Chiefly British. a teetotaler or prohibitionist.
to move about stealthily or warily like a cat
to avoid committing oneself
noun (pl) -foots
a person who pussyfoots
also pussy-foot, 1903, “tread softly,” from pussy (n.1) + foot (n.). As a noun from 1911, “a detective,” American English, from the nickname of U.S. government Indian Affairs agent W.E. Johnson (1862-1945), in charge of suppressing liquor traffic on Indian reservations in Oklahoma, who was noted for his stealthy tactics. Related: Pussyfooting; pussy-footed (1893).
To be careful and hesitant; be evasive; tergiversate; beat around the bush: Please stop pussyfooting and get to the point
[1903+; fr the nickname of W E Johnson, given because of his catlike stealth as a law-enforcement officer in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma); Johnson became a famous advocate of Prohibition, and the term briefly meant ”prohibitionist”]
[poo s-ee-tohz] /ˈpʊs iˌtoʊz/ noun, plural pussy-toes. (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. any of various woolly composite plants of the genus Antennaria, having small white or grayish flower heads.
adjective Dominated by one’s wife or female lover; obsequiously uxorious; henpecked: Francie had had it with bore-ass ”pussy-whipped” men (1956+)
[poo s-ee] /ˈpʊs i/ noun 1. a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins. 2. any of various similar willows. /ˈpʊsɪ/ noun 1. a willow tree that produces silvery silky catkins, esp Salix caprea or S. cinerea in Britain or S. discolor in North America 2. any of various similar willows […]
[puhs-chuh-luh nt] /ˈpʌs tʃə lənt/ adjective 1. causing the formation of pustules. noun 2. a medicine or agent causing pustulation. /ˈpʌstjʊlənt/ adjective 1. causing the formation of pustules noun 2. an agent causing such formation pustulant pus·tu·lant (pŭs’chə-lənt, pŭs’tyə-) adj. Causing the formation of pustules.