pussy·​foot | \ ˈpu̇-sē-ˌfu̇t How to pronounce pussyfoot (audio) \
pussyfooted; pussyfooting; pussyfoots

Definition of pussyfoot

intransitive verb

1 : to tread or move warily or stealthily
2 : to refrain from committing oneself

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pussyfooter noun

Examples of pussyfoot in a Sentence

He should stop pussyfooting and tell us what he wants to do. politicians who try to pussyfoot around hot-button issues
Recent Examples on the Web What a crazy, zany coincidence that Harden pussyfooted around the controversy set off by Morey’s tweet. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Three words sum up NBA-China situation: Tick, tick, tick," 12 Oct. 2019 Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan is gonna be mad at this short-ass lede, but today there’s no need to pussyfoot around. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 No pussyfooting around here: Sell-offs are painful. Anna-louise Jackson, latimes.com, "How to keep your cool in this stock market sell-off," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pussyfoot

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pussyfoot was in 1903

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“Pussyfoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pussyfoot. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pussyfoot

informal + disapproving : to avoid making a definite decision or stating a definite opinion because of fear, doubt, etc.

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