Definition of pursy in English:

pursy

adjective

archaic
  • 1(especially of a horse) short of breath; asthmatic.

    short, squat, stubby
  • 2(of a person) fat.

    ‘Turkey was a short, pursy Englishman of about my own age, that is, somewhere not far from sixty.’
    fat, fattish, obese, overweight, plump, portly, stout, chubby, paunchy, beer-bellied, thickset, hefty, heavy, heavyset, burly, bulky, chunky, well padded, well covered, well upholstered, meaty, fleshy, rotund, round, well rounded, broad, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, big, large, gargantuan, elephantine

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’.

Pronunciation

pursy

/ˈpəːsi/