pur·​sy | \ ˈpə-sē How to pronounce pursy (audio) , ˈpər-sē How to pronounce pursy (audio) \
pursier; pursiest

Definition of pursy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : short-winded especially because of corpulence
2 : fat
\ ˈpər-sē How to pronounce pursy (audio) \
pursier; pursiest

Definition of pursy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having a puckered appearance

Other Words from pursy

Adjective (1)

pursiness noun

First Known Use of pursy

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pursy

Adjective (1)

Middle English pursi, pursif, from Anglo-French porsif, alteration of *polsif, from Old French pousser to exert pressure, breathe heavily — more at push

Adjective (2)

purse entry 1

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“Pursy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pursy. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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