pussyfoot

verb
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
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, 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, 15 June 2018 No pussyfooting around here: Sell-offs are painful. Anna-louise Jackson, latimes.com, 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 Jun. 2021.

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pussyfoot

verb

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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