Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Short-winded; asthmatic; now, usually, fat and short-winded.
- n. See the quotation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fat and short-breathed; fat, short, and thick; swelled with pampering.
- adj. breathing laboriously or convulsively
“His eyes seemed to plead with Privy Seal, who paced the gallery in short, pursy strides, his plump hands hidden in the furs behind his back.”
“He not shall know to march, he is pursy, he is foundered.”
“The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it “in wind,” and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy, from having nothing to whip.”
“Nicolette, who had succeeded to Magnon, and that short-breathed and pursy”
“I stopt for her, till her pursy sides were waddled up to me; and she held by my arm, half out of breath: So I was forced to pass by the dear place, without daring to look at it.”
“And where dost thou lay they pursy sides? said she.”
“Now I will give you a picture of this wretch: She is a broad, squat, pursy, fat thing, quite ugly, if any thing human can be so called; about forty years old.”
“Molyneux, Bishop of Bullocksmithy, doffed crosier and mitre for that day, and though fat and pursy, panted up the breach with the most resolute spirit, roaring out war-cries and curses, and wielding a prodigious mace of iron, with which he did good execution.”
“He had wiry salt-and-pepper hair and a pursy look to his mouth.”
“They would have persuaded me I was in purgatory, but I knew too well the pursy short-breathed voice of the”
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