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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Other Words from pussyfoot

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
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First Known Use of pussyfoot

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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meddlesome, informal, or unofficial

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