An example of purse is to gather a piece of fabric.
An example of purse is to pucker your lips around a drinking straw.
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.
A project funded by the public purse.
Origin of purse
- Middle English from Old English from Late Latin bursa bursa
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English pusa comes from Proto-Germanic *pusÃ´ (“bag, sack, scrip"), from Proto-Indo-European *bÅ«s- (“to swell, stuff"), and is cognate with Old High German pfoso (“pouch, purse"), Low German pÅ«se (“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 Î²ÏÏÏƒÎ± (bursa, “hide, wine-skin").
- Compare also Old French borse (French: bourse), Old Saxon bursa (“bag"), Old High German burissa (“wallet").