If you accept cookies from our site and you choose "Proceed", you will not be asked again during this session (that is, until you close your browser).If you log in you can store your preference and never be asked again.The precise Latin source is disputed, with either puella "girl" or pulla "pullet, young female chicken" suggested as earlier sources.
Common meanings of the noun include "cat", as well as "coward or weakling", and "the human vulva or vagina", or as a synecdoche, "sexual intercourse with a woman".
Because of its multiple senses including both innocent and vulgar connotations, "pussy" is often the subject of double entendre. Several different senses of the word have different histories or origins.
That word, in turn, was defined as "fat and short-breathed", with etymology from Old French pousser "to push".
The Webster's Third International Dictionary points out similarities between pussy in the sense of "vulva" and Low German or Scandinavian words meaning "pocket" or "purse", including Old Norse pūss and Old English pusa.
He gave pursy as a "corrupt orthography" or misspelling of pussy.
In 1913, however, Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary reversed the original, suggesting that pussy was a "colloquial or low" variant of pursy.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.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 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.