- The definition of a purse is a small bag or pouch to carry money, or a sum of prize money.
- An example of a purse is a wristlet.
- An example of a purse is the amount of money that can be won at a horse race.
- Purse is defined as to gather into small folds, or to pucker the lips tightly together.
- An example of purse is to gather a piece of fabric.
- An example of purse is to pucker your lips around a drinking straw.
- a small bag or pouch for carrying money
- financial resources; money
- a sum of money collected as a present or given as a prize
- ☆ a woman's handbag
- anything like a purse in shape, use, etc.
Origin of purseMiddle English ; from Old English purs ; from Medieval Latin bursa, bag, purse ; from Late Latin hide ; from Classical Greek byrsa
- A usually closable bag used for carrying keys, a wallet, and other personal items, especially by women; a handbag.
- A usually closable small bag or pouch for carrying money.
- Something that resembles a bag or pouch, such as a purse seine.
- An available amount of money or resources: a project funded by the public purse.
- A sum of money collected as a present or offered as a prize.
transitive verbpursed pursed, purs·ing, purs·es
Origin of purseMiddle English, from Old English, from Late Latin bursa; see bursa.
(third-person singular simple present purses, present participle pursing, simple past and past participle pursed)
- To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.
- To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles; to pucker; to knit.
- To put into a purse.
Old English pusa comes from Proto-Germanic *pusô (“bag, sack, scrip”), from Proto-Indo-European *būs- (“to swell, stuff”), and is cognate with Old High German pfoso (“pouch, purse”), Low German pūse (“purse, bag”), Old Norse posi (“purse, bag”), Danish pose (“purse, bag”). Old English burse comes from Medieval Latin bursa (“leather bag”) (compare English bursar), from Ancient Greek βύρσα (bursa, “hide, wine-skin”).