American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cat.
- n. A girl or young woman.
- n. Slang The mouth.
- n. Slang The human face.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cat; a pussy or pussy-cat.
- n. A hare or rabbit.
- n. A puss-moth.
- n. A pet name for a child or young woman.
- n. slang The mouth.
- n. informal A cat.
- n. A girl or young woman.
- n. dated, hunting A hare.
- n. slang pussy; vagina
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cat; -- a fondling appellation.
- n. A hare; -- so called by sportsmen.
- n. obscene terms for female genitals
- n. informal terms referring to a domestic cat
- From a Common Germanic word for cat. Akin to Dutch poes "puss, cat", Low German puus-katte, dialectal Swedish kattepus, Norwegian pus. (Wiktionary)
- Probably of Germanic origin.Irish Gaelic pus, mouth, from Middle Irish bus, lip. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pouty-mouth glamour puss is the favored female photo pose.”
“A gooey mass of blood, byle and puss is not a baby you morons.”
“I possess the odd cat-themed coffee mug and the stray back cat book mark, but you won't come to my home and spot any porcelain puss trinkets, Hello Kitty miscellany or Lilian Jackson Braun books.”
“All you spainy-cat fans, my own puss is also a maine-coon mix; they're a personable breed -- smart and friendly, and absolutely beautiful (as you all well know).”
“It was something to affect that most people are wimps (he said the word puss with a y) and need guns to feel strong.”
“Her name was Sarah, so my husband always called puss the Sarah-cat," explained Aunt Jamesina.”
“Say, coot, lad, coot; don't chop your words short; sounds as if you were calling puss wi 'your cat.”
“But this was also a book where "puss" leaks from one character's eyes, so maybe I shouldn't snatch at hopes that the copy-editing will improve.”
“The page titled "Nice puss/bad foot" is devoted to the photo of a nude woman laying down on a table, her foot has been blown off by a land mine, blood, muscle, skin and bone are dangling in its place, and her naked crotch is clearly visible in the photo (thus the reference to "puss").”
“It so happened that Drosoula had taken to calling Antonia 'puss', which was by no means uncommon nor unwarranted, and the name, in Greek 'Psipsina', had stuck and spread to Pelagia, until the girl had almost forgotten her real name.”
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