Earlier etymology is uncertain, but similar words exist in other European languages, including Lithuanian puižė and Irish puisín, both traditional calls to attract a cat.
The word pussy is a noun, an adjective, and in rare uses a verb in the English language.
It has several meanings, including use as slang, as euphemism, and as vulgarity.
This word, first attested in the late nineteenth century, is related to both the "cat" and the "woman" meanings of pussy.
As a reference to genitals or to sexual intercourse, the word is considered vulgar slang.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) says that cognates are common to several Germanic languages, including Dutch poes and Middle Low German pūse, which are also used to call a cat.
The word puss is attested in English as early as 1533.
Remy has finally worked himself around to admitting that Anna is more than just a one night stand, but what happens when a few of his secrets come back to bite him in the rear?
And then there is that piece of nonsense called the Mutant Registration Act...
The double entendre has been used for over a hundred years by performers, including the late-19th-century vaudeville act the Barrison Sisters, who performed the notorious routine "Do You Want To See My Pussy? Slocombe often expressed concern for the welfare of her pussy.
" in which they raised their skirts to reveal live kittens. The double entendre made every reference to her cat seem to be a salacious and therefore humorous reference to her vagina.
The medieval French word pucelle, meaning "maiden" or "virgin", is not related to the English word.