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 Alas, in the urban jungle, this baby proved to be a pussycat, not a tiger. G. Gordon Liddy, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 AM General Hummer H1 Adapts to Civilian Life," 30 Sep. 2020 That is where Winslow the piano-playing pussycat tickles the ivories. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Cat Plays Tiny Piano Anytime He Wants to Be Fed: 'He's Transformed into a Chaotic Gentleman'," 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, "National Cat Day: How to build up your pet's followers on Instagram," 29 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of pussycat

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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