Green’s Dictionary of Slang

puss n.1

1. [late 16C+] (also pussy) a hare; also attrib. see cite 1851 [orig. dial.].

2. in senses of ‘femininity’ [SE puss; the association of women and cats].

(a) [17C+] a (young) woman.

(b) [mid-17C] a prostitute, a madame.

(c) [mid-17C+] the vagina.

(d) [1970s+] the ‘feminine’ partner in a lesbian couple.

(e) [1970s+] (US gay) the buttocks.

(f) [1970s+] (US gay) an underage boy.

3. (W.I.) with ref. to the cat’s silent walk.

(a) [1940s] rubber-soled canvas shoes.

(b) [1950s] a thief.

4. see pussy n. (4)

5. see pussy n. (11)

In derivatives

pussery (n.) (W.I.)

1. [1940s] trickery.

2. [1950s] theft.

In compounds

puss-boots (n.) [the quietness of one’s steps + ? ref. to the folktale ‘Puss-in-Boots’]

[1940s] (W.I.) rubber-soled canvas shoes.

puss gentleman (n.) [pussy n. (11)]

[1960s+] (US black) a weak man.

In phrases