pussy·​cat | \ ˈpu̇-sē-ˌkat How to pronounce pussycat (audio) \

Definition of pussycat

1 : cat
2 : one that is weak, compliant, or amiable : softy

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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 There is also Maya’s big pet jaguar, Chiapa, who is a pussycat. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 When playing Tony, though, Gandolfini underwent an awe-inspiring facial and bodily transformation; the lovable pussycat turned into a ruthless and philandering gangster. James Andrew Miller, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 And the flexibility of the imperturbable Audi mill allows a fifth-gear drive from near idle to redline, a trait reminiscent of the early Lamborghini GTs and one which makes the Spyker a pussycat to drive around town. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2021 An oversized bow once affixed to a bustle would be moved to the neck, pussycat style. Piczo, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Competition chief Margrethe Vestager, lionised for confronting Apple and Google, was a pussycat with Gazprom. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 26 Mar. 2021 Alas, in the urban jungle, this baby proved to be a pussycat, not a tiger. G. Gordon Liddy, Car and Driver, 30 Sep. 2020 That is where Winslow the piano-playing pussycat tickles the ivories. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 12 Aug. 2020 The popular pussycat is currently on a press tour in New York, which is just the latest of many business endeavors. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pussycat

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pussycat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pussycat. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pussycat

: a cat or kitten
: a person who has a kind and gentle nature


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