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)
1. [1940s] trickery.
2. [1950s] theft.
[1940s] (W.I.) rubber-soled canvas shoes.
[1960s+] (US black) a weak man.
see pussy-pelmet under pussy n.
see pussy out under pussy n.