pursy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pursy breathing laboriously or convulsively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pursy Fat and short-breathed; fat, short, and thick; swelled with pampering; as, pursy insolence. "Pursy important he sat him down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pursy Short-winded; asthmatic; now, usually, fat and short-winded.
    • n pursy See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pursy purs′i puffy: fat and short: short-breathed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pourcif, poulsif, poussif, fr. pousser, to push, thrust, heave, OF. also poulser,: cf. F. pousse, the heaves, asthma. See Push
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pourcif (Fr. poussif), orig. poulsif, broken-winded—O. Fr. poulser (Fr. pousser), to push—L. pulsāre, to push.

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
My Lord Belloniere promised me a lanner, but he wrote to me not long ago that he was become pursy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
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
A pursy old broker, I guess.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
He obeyed, leading his pursy bride by a string which he tied around her neck.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
There parade the pursy peacocks; they don't cough down here in desertion and darkness, like poor old me.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
His dull eyes were pursy with midnight debauches; his flesh sagged.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
No pursy swine of a lawyer could sire a lad of his brawn and inches.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
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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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