What does purse mean?

Definitions for purse
pɜrspurse

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

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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Purse(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  4. Purse(noun)

    a specific sum of money

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

  5. Purse(noun)

    in Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters

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

  6. Purse(noun)

    in Persia, the sum of 50 tomans

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

  7. Purse(verb)

    to put into a purse

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

  8. Purse(verb)

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

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

  9. Purse(verb)

    to steal purses; to rob

    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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How to say purse in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Oakland Police Department -RRB- Watson:

    Whether thats your purse, your wallet, your phone, your laptop. Not worth getting injured or possibly losing your life over it, we want to remind our community, property can be replaced but you can not.

  2. Proverb:

    He who has his purse full preaches to the poor man.

  3. William Donohue:

    When [de Blasio] first learned of the relief efforts of Samaritans Purse, he acted as if New York has been invaded by a hostile force.

  4. Phyllis Knox:

    I was begging him not to take my purse because I had medication in my purse, he said, 'You don't understand. You're getting robbed.'.

  5. Thomas Arnold Bennett:

    You wake up in the morning, and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.

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