What does purse mean?

Definitions for purse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bag, handbag, pocketbook, purse(noun)

    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)

    "she reached into her bag and found a comb"

  2. purse(noun)

    a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse

    "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"

  3. purse(noun)

    a small bag for carrying money

  4. purse(verb)

    a sum of money offered as a prize

    "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

  5. purse(verb)

    contract one's lips into a rounded shape

  6. purse, wrinkle(verb)

    gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker

    "purse ones's lips"


  1. purse(Noun)

    A small bag for carrying money.

  2. purse(Noun)

    A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items)

  3. purse(Noun)

    A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.

  4. purse(Verb)

    To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purse(noun)

    a small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie

  2. Purse(noun)

    hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse

  3. Purse(noun)

    a sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse

  4. Purse(noun)

    a specific sum of money

  5. Purse(noun)

    in Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters

  6. Purse(noun)

    in Persia, the sum of 50 tomans

  7. Purse(verb)

    to put into a purse

  8. Purse(verb)

    to draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit

  9. Purse(verb)

    to steal purses; to rob

  10. Origin: [OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. hide, skin, leather. Cf. Bourse, Bursch, Bursar, Buskin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purse

    purs, n. a small bag for money, orig. made of skin: a sum of money, esp. a sum given as a present or offered as a prize: a treasury: a person's finances.—v.t. to put into a purse: to contract as the mouth of a purse: to draw into folds or wrinkles.—n. Purse′-bear′er, one who has charge of the purse of another: a treasurer.—adj. Purse′-bear′ing, pouched, marsupiate.—ns. Purse′ful, as much as a purse can hold: enough to fill a purse; Purse′-mouth (Tenn.), a pursed-up mouth; Purse′-net, a kind of net that can be closed like a purse; Purse′-pride.—adj. Purse′-proud, proud of one's purse or wealth: insolent from wealth.—ns. Purs′er, an officer who has charge of the provisions, clothing, and accounts of a ship, now termed a 'paymaster;' Purs′ership; Purse′-seine, a seine which can be pursed into the shape of a bag.—n.pl. Purse′-strings, the strings fastening a purse.—n. Purse′-tak′ing, robbing.—A light, or empty, purse, poverty; A long, or heavy, purse, riches; Privy purse, an allowance for the private expenses of the British sovereign: an officer in the royal household who pays the sovereign the grant of the civil list for his private expenses. [O. Fr. borse (Fr. bourse)—Low L. bursa—Gr. byrsa, a hide.]

Editors Contribution

  1. purse

    A type of container and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes according to the design.

    To a lady a purse can mean many things, a container to hold money, cards and various other items according to the design.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on July 30, 2016

Anagrams for purse »

  1. rupes, sprue, super

  2. Rupes


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of purse in a Sentence

  1. Vanessa Aguirre:

    We took off fast. My purse is still in there.

  2. Martha Simmons:

    She carried it everywhere. That purse became a symbol.

  3. House Republican:

    Congress should stand up and use the power of the purse.

  4. Italian Proverb:

    Never let people see the bottom of your purse or of your mind.

  5. Sir Thomas More, Works:

    A little wonton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.

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