Pursiness

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pursiness State of being pursy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pursiness The state of being pursy; the state of being short-winded; shortness of breath.
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Usage

In literature:

There was a big pursy body, almost as large as his thumb, and of the very snowiest white that Freckles ever had seen.
"Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Big pursy caterpillars could not be picked from their favourite bushes, when there were no bushes.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
He was a short, pursy man; with a short nose, a wide face, and small eyes.
"From the Memoirs of a Minister of France" by Stanley Weyman
A pursy grocer considers he is much above either.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
And where dost thou lay they pursy sides?
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
He was middle-aged, pursy, and dressed with slap-dash ostentation.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
He is fat and pursy, and must have had a good feed last night on some poor dead bullock.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
As Coronado lounged into the main doorway he was run against by a short, pursy old gentleman who was rushing out.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
The man was fat and pursy, and wore a court wig and a travelling cloak.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Unconsciously dull eyes sparkled and pursy lips vibrated into smiles.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
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In news:

Over the fireplace hung a portrait of a woman with dark eyes and a pursy mouth.
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