"pussy," adj. = weak; effeminate; cowardly; unmanly; soft or easy enough for women, but unbefitting a man.

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Aug 16 23:58:02 UTC 2005

>4. Same questions and comments go for "pussy," n., = sissy, coward,
>weakling, etc.

What is the relation of "pussy" = "wimp" to "pussyfooter" in the same sense
(popular by ca. 1920)?

Check this out:


_Oakland Tribune_ (Oakland CA), 24 Dec. 1904: p. 37:

[referring to requirements for policemen]

<<Hereafter there will be no small, pussy little men on the force.>>


-- Doug Wilson

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