Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pussy n.

[SE pussy, an affectionate name for a cat]

1. [18C+] the vagina; also attrib.

2. [mid-19C+] a (young) woman.

3. [late 19C+] the female pubic hair.

4. [late 19C-1940s] (also puss) the cat-o’-nine-tails.

5. [1920s] a gentle, kind person.

6. [1910s+] an old woman, usu. a spinster, who is inquisitive and meddling.

7. a general term for women in pl. or a woman/vagina as representing sex; thus sexual intercourse itself (uses are often indistinguishable); also attrib.

8. [1930s+] (Aus.) a rabbit.

9. [1930s+] a fur garment; thus pussy-hoisting, stealing furs; pussy mob, a gang of fur thieves; pussy-shop, a furrier’s.

10. [1940s+] a male homosexual; or a man judged to be or teased as being so.

11. [1950s+] (also puss) a coward, a weakling, with an implication of homosexuality.

12. [1960s–70s] (gay) the anus, i.e. a play on sense 1.

13. [1970s] cowardice.

14. [1980s] in fig. use of sense 1, the ‘real thing’, i.e. as opposed to masturbation.

15. [2010s] a trans gender woman who passes satisfactorily as cis gender.

16. see puss n.1 (1)

In derivatives

pussified (adj.)

[1990s+] effeminate.

In compounds

pussy-ass (adj.) [-ass sfx]

[1970s+] (US) cowardly, weak.

pussy-bait (n.)

[1970s] (US black) money.

pussy bandit (n.) [-bandit sfx (3)]

[1950s+] (US) a man who is obsessed with sex and seduction.

pussyboy (n.)

1. [1950s+] a passive male homosexual, a catamite.

2. [1980s+] a general insult, implying cowardice or homosexuality.

pussy-bully (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) a male sexual athlete.

pussy bumper (n.) [SE bumper] [1940s–70s]

1. (US Und.) a male homosexual.

2. thus, an effeminate whipping boy.

3. a lesbian [bumper n.7 ].

pussy call (n.)

[2000s] (US Und.) the hiring of a prostitute.


see separate entries.

pussy claat (n.) (also pussyclaht, pussy clart, pussyclot) [SE cloth, i.e. a sanitary towel]

1. [1960s+] (W.I./UK black) a general pej., a coward, an informer; also as general abusive oath.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

pussy eater (n.) [eat v. (4)]

[1970s+] (orig. US) a cunnilinguist.

pussy-eating (n.) [eat v. (4)]

1. [1980s] (orig. US) cunnilingus.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.


see separate entries.

pussy game (n.) [game n. (6)]

[1960s+] (US) the world of prostitution.

pussy glommer (n.) [glom v. (1)]

[1920s] (Can. tramp) a hand.

In compounds

pussy hole (n.) [1980s+] (UK/US black/W.I.)

1. the vagina.

2. a general term of abuse, i.e. cunt n. (4)

3. attrib. use of sense 2.

pussy-hound (n.) [-hound sfx]

[1970s+] a man who is obsessed with the pursuit of sex.

pussy juice (n.) (also pussy-liquids) [juice n.1 (2a)]

[1960s+] vaginal secretions.

pussy-kisser (n.)

[1960s] (US) a general insult, lit. a cunnilinguist.

pussylicker (n.) (also pussy-lapper)

[1960s] (US) a general term of abuse, lit. a cunnilinguist; thus pussylick adj.

pussy-parlor (n.)

[1980s] (US) a striptease club.

pussy-pelmet (n.) (also puss-pelmet)

[1960s+] a very short miniskirt.

pussy picture (n.)

[1940s] (US) a pornographic photograph of a woman.

pussy posse (n.) (also pussy patrol)

[1970s+] (US police/Und.) the Vice Squad, esp. those members who deal with prostitutes.

pussy-printer (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) shorts so tight they outline the genital area.

pussy prober (n.)

[1980s] (US) a gynaecologist.

pussy pusher (n.) [fig. use of pusher n. (1a)]

[1970s] (US gay) a heterosexual.

pussy-struck (adj.)

[1920s+] obsessed by sex.

pussy sucker (n.)

[1990s+] a cunnilinguist.

pussy tickler (n.)

[1940s+] (orig. US black) a moustache.

pussy whip (v.)

[1950s+] (orig. US) of a woman, to dominate one’s husband or partner.

pussy-whipped (adj.) (also hen-whipped, p.w.’ed, p-whipped) [fig. used of SE whip]

1. [1960s+] (orig. US) dominated by a woman, esp. a wife or girlfriend.

2. [1980s] (US black/campus) besotted with, infatuated by.

3. in non-marital contexts, subservient.

In phrases

bump pussies (v.)

1. [1940s+] (gay) of male homosexuals or lesbians, to have sexual intercourse.

2. [1960s–70s] of male homosexuals, to find themselves too similar in their sexual preferences (e.g. both passive or both active) to have satisfactory sex.

fan one’s pussy (v.) [fan v.2 (2)]

[1960s+] (US black) of a woman, to flaunt oneself sexually.

feed one’s pussy (v.) (also feed one’s pussycat)

[19C+] of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.

fuck up someone’s pussy (v.) [fuck up v. (1)]

[20C+] (US black) to interfere with a rival, a companion’s efforts at seducing a woman.

get some pussy (v.) (also do the pussy)

[1950s+] (US/Aus.) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

give up pussy (v.)

[1980s] of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.

poke one’s pussy (v.) [poke v. (1)]

[1960s+] of a woman, to masturbate.

pop pussy (v.)

[2000s] to work as a prostitute.

pussy in a can (n.) [the derog. association of the smell of the vagina with the smell of fish]

[1960s+] (US prison) sardines sold in a can at a prison commissary.

pussy out (v.) (also puss out) [sense 11]

[1960s+] (orig. US) to act in a cowardly manner, to give up under pressure.

ride pussy (v.)

[1970s+] (US black/teen) to sit in the middle of the back seat in a car.

sling pussy (v.)

[1960s+] to work as a prostitute.

throw the P (v.)

[1980s+] (US black) of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

not while pussy’s a cat

[20C+] (Ulster) never.