What does purse mean?

Definitions for purse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word purse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bag, handbag, pocketbook, pursenoun

    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. pursenoun

    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. pursenoun

    a small bag for carrying money

  4. purseverb

    a sum of money offered as a prize

    "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

  5. purseverb

    contract one's lips into a rounded shape

  6. purse, wrinkleverb

    gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker

    "purse ones's lips"


  1. pursenoun

    A small bag for carrying money.

  2. pursenoun

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

  3. pursenoun

    A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.

  4. purseverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PURSEnoun

    A small bag in which money is contained.

    Etymology: bourse, Fr. pwrs, Welsh.

    She bears the purse too; she is a region in Guiana all gold and bounty. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Shall the son of England prove a thief,
    And take purses? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He sent certain of the chief prisoners, richly apparalled with their purses full of money, into the city. Richard Knolles.

    I will give him the thousand pieces, and, to his great surprise, present him with another purse of the same value. Add.

  2. To Purseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I am spell-caught by Philidel,
    And purs’d within a net. Dryden.

    I purs’d it up, but little reck’ning made,
    ’Till now that this extremity compell’d,
    I find it true. John Milton.

    Thou cried’st,
    And did’st contract and purse thy brow together,
    As if thou then had’st shut up in thy brain
    Some horrible conceit. William Shakespeare, Othello.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursenoun

    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. Pursenoun

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

  3. Pursenoun

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

  4. Pursenoun

    a specific sum of money

  5. Pursenoun

    in Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters

  6. Pursenoun

    in Persia, the sum of 50 tomans

  7. Purseverb

    to put into a purse

  8. Purseverb

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

  9. Purseverb

    to steal purses; to rob

  10. Etymology: [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 product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles 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 MaryC on July 30, 2016  

Anagrams for purse »

  1. rupes, sprue, super

  2. Rupes

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  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. John P Sanders:

    Purse not your opinion, for the weak and dimwitted leader shall seek to surround thyself with minions'.”

  2. Police Department:

    She fell to the ground, hit her head and suffered a brain bleed, among other injuries, but she’s tough and didn’t give up her purse or the money inside and should be out of the hospital soon.

  3. Dror Ladin:

    The Constitution assigns Congress the power of the purse, and no prior president has ever tried to use emergency powers to fund a chosen project -- particularly a permanent, large-scale domestic project such as this -- against congressional will. This is obviously improper.

  4. Crystal Cray:

    My rent was in that purse, my apartment was in that purse. A couple took a chance on me, giving me a place to live while just starting a job.

  5. Piu Eatwell:

    I’m 99 percent confident on the basis of the evidence I see, there was definitely a cover-up. Even as I was going through the documents, pages were just missing and removed. And they’re almost always connected somehow to Leslie Dillon or Mark Hansen. There are very serious questions about Leslie Dillon that can’t be answered… Her shoes and purse were found dumped in the trash can shortly after the murder by a local cafe owner. And that’s actually two blocks from where Leslie Dillon lived… The park where she was found is one he knew very well and in fact, used as a shortcut to get to where he lived.

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    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. dangerous
    • B. handsome
    • C. plush
    • D. alternate

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