1An affectionate term for a cat.
- ‘dangly baubles can be too tantalizing for even the best behaved pusses’
- ‘While licking its claws, puss leaves a collection of the organism there, which in turn becomes yours when the cat scratches you.’
- ‘I sat next to puss on the couch again but Sam never left the door.’
- ‘This does not amuse either puss who associate feathered birds with fair game and dinner.’
- ‘Catfights also cause nasty abscesses that result in pain and trips to the vet for puss.’
- ‘Even the mildest mannered little pooch or the purrfect pet puss will bite and scratch savagely when injured.’
- ‘‘Ah, there you are, puss,’ the gentleman said in a pinched voice, his attention on Croft.’
- ‘A pretty puss Sophie came second in a beautiful pet competition - despite being dead.’
2A playful or coquettish girl or young woman.
- ‘you are an impudent puss, Miss Alice’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Don't worry, puss,’ he said, heading out of the room.’
- ‘‘You're getting me into trouble, puss,’ Louis would say reproachfully.’
Early 16th century probably from Middle Low German pūs (also pūskatte) or Dutch poes, of unknown origin.
A person's face or mouth.‘they hush up with little smiles on their pusses’
face, features, physiognomy, profile
- ‘look at the long puss on him—you'd think he'd be happy for his brother’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In any case, after looking at his smug puss for an hour or so, I'm far more likely to pass on the son and vote for the parents.’
- ‘As for Specter - we're sick to death of seeing his puss.’
Late 19th century from Irish pus ‘lip, mouth’.