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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blown, pursy, short-winded, windedadjective

    breathing laboriously or convulsively


  1. pursyadjective

    fat and short-breathed

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PURSYadjective

    Shortbreathed and fat.

    Etymology: poussif, Fr.

    In the fatness of these pursy times,
    Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg,
    Yea courb and woo for leave to do it good. William Shakespeare.

    Now breathless wrong
    Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease,
    And pursy insolence shall break his wind
    With fear and horrid flight. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    By these, the Medes
    Perfume their breaths, and cure old pursy men. William Temple.

    An hostess dowager,
    Grown fat and pursy by retail
    Of pots of beer and bottl’d ale. Hudibras, p. iii.


  1. pursy

    Pursy is a term used to describe someone who is short of breath, typically due to overweight or obesity. It may also describe someone who is self-satisfied or smug. The term originated from the Latin term "pursus" meaning "puffed out".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursyadjective

    fat and short-breathed; fat, short, and thick; swelled with pampering; as, pursy insolence

  2. Etymology: [OF. pourcif, poulsif, poussif, fr. pousser to push, thrust, heave, OF. also poulser: cf. F. pousse the heaves, asthma. See Push.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pursy

    purs′i, adj. puffy: fat and short: short-breathed.—n. Purs′iness. [O. Fr. pourcif (Fr. poussif), orig. poulsif, broken-winded—O. Fr. poulser (Fr. pousser), to push—L. pulsāre, to push.]

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  1. syrup

  2. pyrus

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pursy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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