Pursive \Pur"sive\, a. Pursy. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]

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  • pursive — pur·sive …   English syllables

  • pursive — ˈpərsiv adjective Etymology: Anglo French pursif more at pursy : short winded, pursy …   Useful english dictionary

  • pursy — /ˈpɜsi/ (say persee) adjective (pursier, pursiest) 1. short winded, especially from corpulence or fatness. 2. corpulent or fat: *He sat with his hands resting on his pursy thighs, very deliberate. –patrick white, 1955. {earlier pursive, Middle… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pursy — adj. 1 short winded; puffy. 2 corpulent. Derivatives: pursiness n. Etymology: ME, earlier pursive f. AF porsif f. OF polsif f. polser breathe with difficulty f. L pulsare (as PULSATE) …   Useful english dictionary

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