Share this entry

Share this page

pursy

Line breaks: pursy
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːsi
 
/

Definition of pursy in English:

adjective

archaic
1(Especially of a horse) short of breath; asthmatic.
2(Of a person) fat.
Example sentences
  • Turkey was a short, pursy Englishman of about my own age, that is, somewhere not far from sixty.

Origin

late Middle English: reduction of Anglo-Norman French porsif, alteration of Old French polsif, from polser 'breathe with difficulty', from Latin pulsare 'set in violent motion'.

Derivatives

pursiness

1
noun

Words that rhyme with pursy

arsy-versy, Circe, mercy, Percy

Definition of pursy in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day odium
Pronunciation: ˈəʊdɪəm
noun
widespread hatred or disgust for someone…