puss, n. = contemptible woman (antedating)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Aug 19 18:48:21 UTC 2005

OED, 1608.

1602 Nicholas Breton _Olde Mad-cappes New Gally-mawfrey_ (London: Richard Jones)  [unpaged]  VVhen Mistris Fubs that Fiddle faddle fusse, / No colours knew to mend her coorse complexion, / Nor Prancking Parnel like an idle pusse, / Could gull a Nimph with an imperfection.


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