- 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 *pusÃ´ (â€œbag, sack, scripâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *bÅ«s- (â€œto swell, stuffâ€), and is cognate with Old High German pfoso (â€œpouch, purseâ€), Low German pÅ«se (â€œpurse, bagâ€), Old Norse posi (â€œpurse, bagâ€), Danish pose (â€œpurse, bagâ€). Old English burse comes from Medieval Latin bursa (â€œleather bagâ€) (compare English bursar), from Ancient Greek Î²ÏÏÏƒÎ± (bursa, â€œhide, wine-skinâ€).
Compare also Old French borse (French: bourse), Old Saxon bursa (â€œbagâ€), Old High German burissa (â€œwalletâ€).