Definition of Purse

1. Noun. A container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women). "She reached into her bag and found a comb"

Exact synonyms: Bag, Handbag, Pocketbook
Terms within: Clasp
Specialized synonyms: Clutch, Clutch Bag, Etui, Evening Bag, Reticule, Shoulder Bag
Generic synonyms: Container
Derivative terms: Bag

2. Verb. Contract one's lips into a rounded shape.
Generic synonyms: Round, Round Off, Round Out
Specialized synonyms: Pooch, Pooch Out

3. Noun. A sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse. "He and his wife shared a common purse"
Generic synonyms: Amount, Amount Of Money, Sum, Sum Of Money

4. Verb. Gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker. "Purse ones's lips"
Exact synonyms: Wrinkle
Generic synonyms: Contract
Derivative terms: Wrinkle

5. Noun. A small bag for carrying money.
Generic synonyms: Bag
Terms within: Purse String

6. Noun. A sum of money offered as a prize. "The purse barely covered the winner's expenses"
Generic synonyms: Amount, Amount Of Money, Sum, Sum Of Money

Definition of Purse

1. n. A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie.

2. v. t. To put into a purse.

3. v. i. To steal purses; to rob.

Definition of Purse

1. Noun. A small bag for carrying money. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items) ¹

3. Noun. A quantity of money given for a particular purpose. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude. ¹

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Definition of Purse

1. to pucker [v PURSED, PURSING, PURSES] - See also: pucker

Lexicographical Neighbors of Purse

purse (current term)
purse-string operation
purse seine
purse seines
purse string
purser rigged and parish damned

Literary usage of Purse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1898)
"He stooped quickly, and picked up — a netted purse of green silk! ... Yusuf slipped the purse quickly into the bosom of his tunic. ..."

2. The Hand-book of Needlework by Lambert (F.), Miss Lambert (1842)
"Those worked in rows of the length of the purse are the most easily made. ... These two stripes are to be repeated until the purse is of a sufficient width. ..."

3. Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1895)
"But he was not content with that, but he then takes up the purse ... holding it so long till the tongs burnt through the purse, and then he shook the money ..."

4. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"And, though the days of the purse are long since past, its remembrance even yet lost. In the language of vulgar contumely, the opprobrious epithet of ..."

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