Pursiness \Pur"si*ness\, n. State of being pursy. [1913 Webster]

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  • pursiness — noun see pursy I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pursiness — pÉœrsɪnɪs / pɜːs n. state of being winded; state of being stout …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pursiness — pur·si·ness …   English syllables

  • pursiness — sēnə̇s, sin noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English pursynes, from pursy (I) + nes ness : the quality or state of being pursy : a condition of being swollen or puffed up (as with pride, self importance, flatulence) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pursiveness — Pur sive*ness, n. Pursiness. [Obs. & R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pursy — I. adjective (pursier; est) Etymology: Middle English pursi, pursif, from Anglo French porsif, alteration of *polsif, from Old French pousser to exert pressure, breathe heavily more at push Date: 15th century 1. short winded especially because of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pursy — pursy1 pursily, adv. pursiness, n. /perr see/, adj., pursier, pursiest. 1. short winded, esp. from corpulence or fatness. 2. corpulent or fat. [1400 50; late ME purcy, var. of ME pursif < AF porsif, var. of OF polsif, deriv. (see IVE) of polser… …   Universalium

  • pursy — adjective archaic 1》 (especially of a horse) short of breath; asthmatic. 2》 fat. Derivatives pursiness noun Origin ME: reduction of Anglo Norman Fr. porsif, alt. of OFr. polsif, from polser breathe with difficulty , from L. pulsare set in violent …   English new terms dictionary

  • fatness — n 1. corpulence, portliness, stoutness, Fr. embonpoint; obesity, Sl. fat city, pursiness, Falstaff ian girth; fleshiness, chubbiness, plumpness, rotundity; bigness, bulkiness, capaciousness, massiveness, grossness; adiposity, fattiness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • fleshiness — n fatness, obesity, obeseness, corpulence, corpulency; pursiness, Inf. avoirdupois, Fr. embonpoint. adiposity, Pathol. adiposis; paunch, potbelly, Sl. beer belly, Obs. gorbelly, tubbiness, chubbiness, pudginess, plumpness, chunkiness, paunchiness …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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