pussy·​cat ˈpu̇-sē-ˌkat How to pronounce pussycat (audio)
: cat
: one that is weak, compliant, or amiable : softy

Examples of pussycat in a Sentence

He looks tough, but he's really a pussycat. oh, look at the cute little pussycat, kids
Recent Examples on the Web One resident replied to the post with a picture of the pussycat asleep on a wicker chair between two smiling children. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 That pussycat outfit was originally made for Chinese New Year celebration for the Year of the Rabbit, and it was supposed to be finished in January. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 23 Apr. 2024 Compared to the truly hateful male drivers that scream at her on the road all day, however, the dude is a pussycat. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 And there was never a bigger pussycat. Vulture, 22 June 2022 The book’s events—which track the elderly, prosperous, stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s psychic transformation from grouchy bear to purring pussycat—unfold in the course of one night. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 But a recent study shows that a single spritz of oxytocin…a hormone known to promote social bonding…renders even the most ornery alpha a total pussycat. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2022 This company has the right kind of creative energy and entertainment bonafides perfect for my ornery pussycat. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 16 June 2022 Grace always wore that pussycat-bow shirt under those fawny beige little sweaters. Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pussycat was in 1698

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“Pussycat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pussycat. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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