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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Synonyms for pussycat


cat, feline, house cat, kitty, moggy (also moggie) [British], puss, pussy

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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

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In honor of Beautycon, Chopra Jonas went all out for the occasion, wearing a sheer black top with a pussycat bow, a white blazer, and a matching pair of pants. Abby Stern, PEOPLE.com, "Priyanka Chopra Says Nick Jonas Likes When She Wears 'Natural' Looks: 'He's an Appreciator'," 11 Aug. 2019 The marquee poster features hunky star Aidan Turner, best known for his title role in the TV revival of Poldark, wearing a white singlet all the better to show off his sculpted biceps and cuddling an adorable (living) black pussycat. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lieutenant of Inishmore': Theater Review," 5 July 2018 Russia has much less to offer: If China is a tiger, Russia is a pussycat on stilts. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Putin’s Success Masks Russian Weakness," 4 June 2018 Becoming a pussycat has confirmed to me that the first step in true success is persistence and relentless vision. Asha Bromfield, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Star Asha Bromfield Reveals What She'd Tell Her Younger Self," 11 Dec. 2017 Japan’s tiny Ainoshima island is a pussycat paradise, and its furry inhabitants are trying to woo the singer with a special invitation to visit during his October tour to the country. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Japan's Tiny Cat Island Tries to Lure Ed Sheeran for VIP Visit," 11 Sep. 2017 On the contrary, those extra pounds of pussycat created a feline frenzy. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Fat Cat ‘Mr. Handsome’ Is Off the Market! 31-lb. Shelter Cat Who Became Overnight Internet Sensation Gets Adopted," 1 Aug. 2017 NEW ORLEANS — The NBA All-Star Game is where 24 of the most competitive men on the planet turn into pussycats. Teddy Greenstein, Tampabay.com, "Indifferent play of NBA All-Stars is jarring to see up close," 20 Feb. 2017 Below 5000 rpm, the 812 is a pussycat, but as the revs rise, power seems to build exponentially. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of pussycat

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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