1

pursy

play
adjective pur·sy \ˈpə-sē, ˈpər-sē\

Definition of pursy

pursier

;

pursiest

  1. 1 :  short-winded especially because of corpulence

  2. 2 :  fat

pursiness

noun

pursy was our Word of the Day on 05/11/2011. Hear the podcast!

Origin and Etymology of pursy

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


First Known Use: 15th century


2

pursy

play
adjective pur·sy \ˈpər-sē\

Definition of pursy

pursier

;

pursiest

  1. 1 :  having a puckered appearance

  2. 2 :  purse-proud

Origin and Etymology of pursy

1purse


First Known Use: 1552

Learn More about pursy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pursy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!