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
[purs-leyn, -lin] /ˈpɜrs leɪn, -lɪn/ noun 1. a low, trailing plant, Portulaca oleracea, having yellow flowers, used as a salad plant and potherb. Compare . 2. any other plant of the purslane family. /ˈpɜːslɪn; -leɪn/ noun 1. a weedy portulacaceous plant, Portulaca oleracea, with small yellow flowers and fleshy leaves, which are used in salads […]
[per-soo] /pərˈsu/ verb (used with object), pursued, pursuing. 1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase. 2. to follow close upon; go with; attend: Bad luck pursued him. 3. to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.). 4. to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, […]
noun 1. the plant family Portulacaceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants having simple, often fleshy leaves, sometimes showy flowers, and capsular fruit, and including bitterroot, purslane, red maids, rose moss, and spring beauty.
[per-soo-uh ns] /pərˈsu əns/ noun 1. the following or carrying out of some plan, course, injunction, or the like. /pəˈsjuːəns/ noun 1. the carrying out or pursuing of an action, plan, etc n. 1590s, from Middle French poursuiance “act of pursuing,” from Old French poursuir (see pursue).