There are 2 main definitions of puss in English:

Share this entry

puss 1

Line breaks: puss

noun

informal, chiefly British
1A cat.
Example sentences
  • At the grand old age of 22, Wilhemina the puss has enjoyed more than her share of cat lives.
  • Between 10 and 15 cats, including a pregnant puss, have been found dead near the intersection of Balmain Rd and Moore St in the past year.
  • Apparently, her puss Fang soon tires of any particular flavor and makes life difficult at meal times.
1.1 [usually with modifier] A playful or coquettish girl or young woman.
Example sentences
  • All the better for hearing that you're safe and well, puss.
  • What made you think there's an intruder, puss?
  • ‘Don't get all huffy, puss,’ Louis said gently.

Origin

Early 16th century: probably from Middle Low German pūs (also pūskatte) or Dutch poes, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with puss

schuss, wuss

Definition of puss in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of puss in English:

Share this entry

puss 2 Line breaks: puss

noun

Irish & Scottish
A person’s face, mouth, or expression: they hush up with little smiles on their pusses look at the long puss on him—you’d think he’d be happy for his brother
More example sentences
  • There was nothing more exasperating than the snug puss of my Dublin work colleague as he entered the office the morning after.
  • He had a right puss on him when he lifted it down off the stool.
  • Everybody says she always had a puss on her face, and I always smiled.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Irish pus 'lip, mouth'.

Definition of puss in:

Share this entry

 

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