pursuant (adj.) Look up pursuant at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French poursuiant, porsivant, present participle of porsuir, porsivre "chase, pursue" (see pursue). Meaning "carrying out; following, according" is from 1690s.
pursue (v.) Look up pursue at Dictionary.com
late 13c., "to follow with hostile intent," from Anglo-French pursuer and directly from Old French poursuir (Modern French poursuivre), variant of porsivre "to chase, pursue, follow; continue, carry on," from Vulgar Latin *prosequare, from Latin prosequi "follow, accompany, attend; follow after, escort; follow up, pursue," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Meaning "to proceed, to follow" (a path, etc.), usually figurative (a course of action, etc.), is from late 14c. This sense also was in Latin. Related: Pursued; pursuing. For sense, compare prosecute.
pursuer (n.) Look up pursuer at Dictionary.com
late 14c., agent noun from pursue.
pursuit (n.) Look up pursuit at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "persecution," also "action of pursuit," from Anglo-French purseute, from Old French porsuite "a search, pursuit" (14c., Modern French poursuite), from porsivre (see pursue). Sense of "one's profession, recreation, etc." first recorded 1520s. As a type of track cycling race from 1938.
purty (adj.) Look up purty at Dictionary.com
1829, representing a colloquial pronunciation of pretty (adj.).
purulent (adj.) Look up purulent at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Middle French purulent and directly from Latin purulentus "full of pus," from pus (genitive puris) "pus" (see pus). Related: Purulence.
purvey (v.) Look up purvey at Dictionary.com
late 13c., from Anglo-French porveire, purveire and directly from Old French porveoir "to provide, prepare, arrange" (Modern French pourvoir), from Latin providere "make ready" (see provide, which now usually replaces it). Related: Purveyed; purveying.
purveyance (n.) Look up purveyance at Dictionary.com
c.1300, from Anglo-French purveance and directly from Old French porveance, from Latin providentia (see providence).
purveyor (n.) Look up purveyor at Dictionary.com
c.1300, from Old French porveor (13c.), agent noun from porveoir (see purvey).
purview (n.) Look up purview at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "body of a statute," from Anglo-French purveuest "it is provided," or purveu que "provided that" (late 13c.), clauses that introduced statutes in old legal documents, from Anglo-French purveu, Old French porveu (Modern French pourvu) "provided," past participle of porveoir "to provide," from Latin providere "make ready" (see provide). Sense of "scope, extent" is first recorded 1788 in "Federalist" (Madison). Modern sense and spelling influenced by view (n.).
pus (n.) Look up pus at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Latin pus "pus, matter from a sore;" figuratively "bitterness, malice" (related to puter "rotten;" see putrid), from PIE *pu- (2) "to rot, decay" (cognates: Sanskrit puyati "rots, stinks," putih "stinking, foul;" Greek puon "discharge from a sore," pythein "to cause to rot;" Gothic fuls, Old English ful "foul"), perhaps originally echoic of a natural exclamation of disgust.
Pusey Look up Pusey at Dictionary.com
family name, early 13c., from Le Puiset in France.
push (v.) Look up push at Dictionary.com
early 14c., from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsare "to beat, strike, push," frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to push, drive, beat" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "promote" is from 1714; meaning "approach a certain age" is from 1937. For palatization of -s-, OED compares brush (n.1); quash. Related: Pushed; pushing.
"Pushing up the daisies now," said a soldier of his dead comrade. ["The American Florist," vol. XLVIII, No. 1504, March 31, 1917]
To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one's) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies "be dead and buried" is from World War I.
push (n.) Look up push at Dictionary.com
1560s, from push (v.). Phrase push comes to shove is from 1936.
push-button (adj.) Look up push-button at Dictionary.com
"characterized by the use of push-buttons," 1945, originally of military systems, earlier "operated by push-buttons" (1903), from push-button (n.), 1865, from push (v.) + button (n.). Earlier was press-button (1892), from the noun (1879).
push-off (n.) Look up push-off at Dictionary.com
"act of pushing off," 1902, from push (v.) + off (adv.).
push-up (n.) Look up push-up at Dictionary.com
also pushup, type of physical exercise, 1893, from push (v.) + up (adv.). As an adjective from 1892; of bras from 1957. Related: Push-ups
pusher (n.) Look up pusher at Dictionary.com
1590s in a literal sense, agent noun from push (v.). Meaning "peddler of illegal drugs" (1935 in prison slang) is from the verb in the "promote" sense.
pushmi-pullyu (n.) Look up pushmi-pullyu at Dictionary.com
fictional two-headed mammal, from "Dr. Dolittle" (1922), coined by Hugh Lofting from the expressions push me, pull you. Popularized by the 1967 film version of the book.
pushover (n.) Look up pushover at Dictionary.com
also push-over, 1900 of jobs or tasks; 1922 of persons (bad boxers and easy women), from push (v.) + over (adv.).
pushy (adj.) Look up pushy at Dictionary.com
"forward, aggressive," 1894 of persons (1891 of a cow), from push (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pushily; pushiness.
pusillanimity (n.) Look up pusillanimity at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Middle French pusillanimité (14c.), from Church Latin pusillanimitatem (nominative pusillanimitas) "faintheartedness," from Latin pusillanimis "fainthearted, having little courage" (see pusillanimous).
pusillanimous (adj.) Look up pusillanimous at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Late Latin pusillanimis "having little courage" (used in Church Latin to translate Greek oligopsychos "small-souled"), from Latin pusillis "very weak, little" (diminutive of pullus "young animal;" see foal (n.)) + animus "spirit, courage" (see animus). Related: Pusillanimously; pusillanimousness.
puss (n.1) Look up puss at Dictionary.com
"cat," 1520s, but probably much older than the record, perhaps imitative of the hissing sound commonly used to get a cat's attention. A conventional name for a cat in Germanic languages and as far off as Afghanistan; it is the root of the principal word for "cat" in Rumanian (pisica) and secondary words in Lithuanian (puz), Low German (puus), Swedish dialect katte-pus, etc. Applied to a girl or woman from c.1600, originally in a negative sense, implying unpleasant cat-like qualities; but by mid-19c. in affectionate use.
puss (n.2) Look up puss at Dictionary.com
"the face" (but sometimes, especially in pugilism slang, "the mouth"), 1890, slang, from Irish pus "lip, mouth."
pussy (n.1) Look up pussy at Dictionary.com
"cat," 1726, diminutive of puss (n.1), also used of a rabbit (1715). As a term of endearment for a girl or woman, from 1580s (also used of effeminate men). To play pussy was World War II RAF slang for "to take advantage of cloud cover, jumping from cloud to cloud to shadow a potential victim or avoid recognition."
pussy (n.2) Look up pussy at Dictionary.com
slang for "female pudenda," 1879, but probably older; perhaps from Old Norse puss "pocket, pouch" (compare Low German puse "vulva"), but perhaps instead from the cat word (see pussy (n.1)) on notion of "soft, warm, furry thing;" compare French le chat, which also has a double meaning, feline and genital. Earlier uses are difficult to distinguish from pussy (n.1), as in:
The word pussie is now used of a woman [Philip Stubbes, "The Anatomie of Abuses," 1583]
But the absence of pussy in Grose and other early slang works argues against the vaginal sense being generally known before late 19c., as does its frequent use as a term of endearment in mainstream literature, as in:
"What do you think, pussy?" said her father to Eva. [Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1852]
Pussy-whipped first attested 1956.
pussy-cat (n.) Look up pussy-cat at Dictionary.com
also pussycat, 1773, from pussy (n.1) + cat (n.).
pussy-willow (n.) Look up pussy-willow at Dictionary.com
1869, on notion of "soft and furry," a children's word, from pussy (n.1) + willow.
pussyfoot (v.) Look up pussyfoot at Dictionary.com
also pussy-foot, 1903, "tread softly," from pussy (n.1) + foot (n.). As a noun from 1911, "a detective," American English, from the nickname of U.S. government Indian Affairs agent W.E. Johnson (1862-1945), in charge of suppressing liquor traffic on Indian reservations in Oklahoma, who was noted for his stealthy tactics. Related: Pussyfooting; pussy-footed (1893).
pustule (n.) Look up pustule at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French pustule (13c.) and directly from Latin pustula "blister, pimple," from PIE imitative root *pu- (1) "blow, swell," on notion of "inflated area" (cognates: Sanskrit pupphusah "lung," Greek physa "breath, blast, wind, bubble," Lithuanian puciu "to blow, swell," Old Church Slavonic puchati "to blow"). Compare emphysema. Related: Pustulant; pustular.
put (v.) Look up put at Dictionary.com
late Old English *putian, implied in putung "instigation, an urging," literally "a putting;" related to pytan "put out, thrust out" (of eyes), probably from a Germanic stem that also produced Danish putte "to put," Swedish dialectal putta; Middle Dutch pote "scion, plant," Dutch poten "to plant," Old Norse pota "to poke."

Meaning "act of casting a heavy stone overhead" (as a trial of strength) is attested from c.1300. Obsolete past tense form putted is attested 14c.-15c. To put down "end by force or authority" (a rebellion, etc.) is from c.1300. Adjective phrase put out "angry, upset" is first recorded 1887; to put out, of a woman, "to offer oneself for sex" is from 1947. To put upon (someone) "play a trick on, impose on" is from 1690s. To put up with "tolerate, accept" (1755) was originally to put up, as in "to pocket." To put (someone) on "deceive" is from 1958.
put (n.) Look up put at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "act of throwing a weight overhand as a test of strength," from put (v.). General meaning "act of putting" is from early 15c. Also compare putt (n.).
put-down (n.) Look up put-down at Dictionary.com
"insult, snub," 1962, from verbal phrase put down "to snub," attested from c.1400; see put (v.) + down (adv.).
put-on (n.) Look up put-on at Dictionary.com
"ruse, deception," 1937, from earlier adjectival meaning "assumed, feigned" (1620s), a figurative extension of the notion of putting on costumes or disguises; from put (v.) + on (adv.). The expression put (someone) on "play a trick on" seems to be a back-formation from the noun.
put-put Look up put-put at Dictionary.com
indicating the sound of a muffled internal combustion engine, 1904, imitative.
putative (adj.) Look up putative at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Middle French putatif, from Late Latin putativus "supposed," from Latin putat-, past participle stem of putare "to judge, suppose, believe, suspect," originally "to clean, trim, prune" (see pave). At first especially in putative marriage, one which, though legally invalid, was contracted in good faith by at least one party. Related: Putatively.
putrefaction (n.) Look up putrefaction at Dictionary.com
c.1400, from Old French putrefaction (14c.), from Latin putrefactionem (nominative putrefactio), noun of action from past participle stem of putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere "to be rotten" (see putrid) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
putrefy (v.) Look up putrefy at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., from Middle French putréfier, from Latin putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere (see putrid) + facere (see factitious). Related: Putrefied; putrefying.
putrescence (n.) Look up putrescence at Dictionary.com
1640s, from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).
putrescent (adj.) Look up putrescent at Dictionary.com
1732, a back-formation from putrescence, or else from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).
putrid (adj.) Look up putrid at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "rotten, crumbling," related to putere "to stink," from PIE root *pu- "to rot, stink" (see pus). First in reference to putrid fever, an old name for typhus (also known in Middle English as putrida). Related: Putrification.
putridity (n.) Look up putridity at Dictionary.com
1630s, from Medieval Latin putriditas, from Latin putridus (see putrid).
putsch (n.) Look up putsch at Dictionary.com
1920, from German Putsch "revolt, riot," from Swiss dialect, literally "a sudden blow, push, thrust, shock," of imitative origin.
putt (v.) Look up putt at Dictionary.com
1510s, Scottish, "to push, shove," a special use and pronunciation of put (v.). Golfing sense is from 1743. Meaning "to throw" (a stone, as a demonstration of strength) is from 1724; this also is the putt in shot putting. Related: Putted; putting.
putt (n.) Look up putt at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "a putting, pushing, shoving, thrusting," special use and pronunciation of put (n.). Golfing sense is from 1743.
puttee (n.) Look up puttee at Dictionary.com
1875, from Hindi patti "band, bandage," from Sanskrit pattah "strip of cloth."
putter (v.) Look up putter at Dictionary.com
"keep busy in a rather useless way," 1841, originally among farmers, alteration of potter (v.). Related: Puttered; puttering.
putter (n.) Look up putter at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "beast that pushes with the head," agent noun from put (v.). As a type of golf club used in putting, from 1743; see putt (v.).
putti (n.) Look up putti at Dictionary.com
1640s, from Italian putti "small boys," plural of putto, from Latin putus "boy, child" (see puerility).