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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pursy breathing laboriously or convulsively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pursy Fat and short-breathed; fat, short, and thick; swelled with pampering; as, pursy insolence. "Pursy important he sat him down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pursy Short-winded; asthmatic; now, usually, fat and short-winded.
    • n pursy See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pursy purs′i puffy: fat and short: short-breathed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pourcif, poulsif, poussif, fr. pousser, to push, thrust, heave, OF. also poulser,: cf. F. pousse, the heaves, asthma. See Push
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pourcif (Fr. poussif), orig. poulsif, broken-winded—O. Fr. poulser (Fr. pousser), to push—L. pulsāre, to push.


In literature:

There was a big pursy body, almost as large as his thumb, and of the very snowiest white that Freckles ever had seen.
"Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Big pursy caterpillars could not be picked from their favourite bushes, when there were no bushes.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
My Lord Belloniere promised me a lanner, but he wrote to me not long ago that he was become pursy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He was a short, pursy man; with a short nose, a wide face, and small eyes.
"From the Memoirs of a Minister of France" by Stanley Weyman
A pursy grocer considers he is much above either.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
A pursy old broker, I guess.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
He obeyed, leading his pursy bride by a string which he tied around her neck.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
There parade the pursy peacocks; they don't cough down here in desertion and darkness, like poor old me.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
His dull eyes were pursy with midnight debauches; his flesh sagged.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
No pursy swine of a lawyer could sire a lad of his brawn and inches.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
He began to get pursy and red-faced, and was clicking it off with his fifth set of young fellows.
"In Our Town" by William Allen White
The latter, a pursy individual, was holding out an arm somewhat in the attitude of a seal's flipper; but Lilith did not take it.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Dr. =Johnson=, as I beheld him, was a full, pursy Man, very ill drest, and of slovenly Aspect.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
His nose was insignificant, his mouth small and pursy.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
Filched, perchance, from the pursy coal-bins of monopoly?
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
He was a man of florid countenance, and much too pursy for a man whose first duty was to crucify the flesh.
"The Last of the Vikings" by John Bowling
As he put a query to him his uncle's pursy lips showed a tendency to twitch.
"A Master of Deception" by Richard Marsh
Take a good look at Mrs. Mawhood, while with pursy greetings she makes Fancy Vernon welcome.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
The bishop was pursy and prosy, conventional and somewhat stereotyped in ideas, but he was full of the milk of human kindness.
"Satan Sanderson" by Hallie Erminie Rives
This was no easy matter for a pursy man, and a kick in the stomach from the writhing legs caused him to recoil, pant, and consider.
"Mark Gildersleeve" by John S. Sauzade

In news:

Over the fireplace hung a portrait of a woman with dark eyes and a pursy mouth.