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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
change purse
privy purse
purse your mouth (=bring your lips tightly together, especially to show disapproval or worry)
▪ Ian looked at her and pursed his mouth.
pursed...lips (=brought them together tightly into a small circle)
▪ Stephen pursed his lips with distaste .
▪ It is a soiled and puckered hem, the golden treasury's privy purse.
▪ Several key projects are at risk if Railtrack's demands on the public purse increase.
▪ Why should he - or anyone - be allowed to abuse the public purse?
▪ They act as guardians of the public purse when dealing with members of spending departments who seek additional resources.
▪ His mere re-election can be relied on to revive the market and solve those problems - without costing the public purse one penny.
▪ If rectification were refused, the public purse would be saved the burden of paying an indemnity.
▪ The public purse would not get anything; after all, it all comes to the same thing.
▪ That will not impose any great burden upon the public purse.
▪ And all was to come from the public purse.
▪ He wears his Bible around his neck in a green silk purse.
▪ Why, for instance, does Dahlia continue to control the purse strings after Ella is revealed as the rightful heir?
▪ She held a purse in her limp hand.
▪ The same hopes as any other pensioner, unless of course that pensioner happens to hold the purse strings.
▪ The Government have no intention of giving power to anyone except those who hold the purse strings.
make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
the privy purse
▪ I can never find anything in my purse.
▪ Income from the new sales tax will go into the purse and will pay for the sports complex.
▪ The purse for Friday's title fight is more than $50 million.
▪ A purse was stolen from a vehicle.
▪ A purse was taken at gunpoint.
▪ Either there is money in the purse or there is not, etc.
▪ Milton Berle wore a wig and a dress as he battered a policeman with a purse.
▪ She reached into a small clutch purse, pulled out a plastic bag and threw up into it.
▪ The same hopes as any other pensioner, unless of course that pensioner happens to hold the purse strings.
▪ They act as guardians of the public purse when dealing with members of spending departments who seek additional resources.
▪ Trading in works of art needs a deep purse and long-time backing.
▪ The prioress, lips pursed tight, hurried out and we followed.
▪ She shook her head, lips pursed.
▪ His lips were pursed, as if with impatience.
▪ The Presidential lips pursed, a sure sign of anger.
▪ Only the too-narrow lips, pursed in a determined, almost spiteful way, keep his face from being handsome.
▪ He squinted, pursing his lips.
▪ One of them looked at his wristwatch, pursed his lips and scowled fiercely.
▪ Only the too-narrow lips, pursed in a determined, almost spiteful way, keep his face from being handsome.
▪ Richmann pursed his lips in thought.
▪ She pursed her lips and blew on the baby's squashed, immobile face.
▪ The prioress, lips pursed tight, hurried out and we followed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Purse \Purse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pursed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pursing.]

  1. To put into a purse.

    I will go and purse the ducats straight.

  2. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.

    Thou . . . didst contract and purse thy brow.


Purse \Purse\, v. i. To steal purses; to rob. [Obs. & R.]

I'll purse: . . . I'll bet at bowling alleys.
--Beau. & Fl.


Purse \Purse\, n. [OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. ? hide, skin, leather. Cf. Bourse, Bursch, Bursar, Buskin.]

  1. 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.

    Who steals my purse steals trash.

  2. Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse.

  3. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.

  4. A specific sum of money; as:

    1. In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters.

    2. In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.

      Light purse, or Empty purse, poverty or want of resources.

      Long purse, or Heavy purse, wealth; riches.

      Purse crab (Zo["o]l.), any land crab of the genus Birgus, allied to the hermit crabs. They sometimes weigh twenty pounds or more, and are very strong, being able to crack cocoanuts with the large claw. They chiefly inhabit the tropical islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, living in holes and feeding upon fruit. Called also palm crab.

      Purse net, a fishing net, the mouth of which may be closed or drawn together like a purse.

      Purse pride, pride of money; insolence proceeding from the possession of wealth.
      --Bp. Hall.

      Purse rat. (Zo["o]l.) See Pocket gopher, under Pocket.

      Sword and purse, the military power and financial resources of a nation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "put in a purse;" c.1600 as "draw together and wrinkle" (as the strings of a money bag), from purse (n.). Related: Pursed; pursing.


Old English pursa "little bag made of leather," especially for carrying money, from Medieval Latin bursa "leather purse" (source also of Old French borse, 12c., Modern French bourse; see bourse), from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, leather." Change of b- to p- perhaps by influence of Old English pusa, Old Norse posi "bag."\n

\nMeaning "woman's handbag" is attested from 1951. Meaning "sum of money collected as a prize in a race, etc.," is from 1640s. Purse-strings, figurative for "control of money," is from early 15c. Purse-snatcher first attested 1902 (earlier purse-picker, 1540s). The notion of "drawn together by a thong" also is behind purse-net (c.1400).


n. 1 A small bag for carrying money. 2 (context US English) A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items) 3 A quantity of money given for a particular purpose. 4 (context historical English) A specific sum of money in certain countries: formerly 500 piastres in Turkey or 50 tomans in Persi

  1. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude. 2 To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles; to pucker; to knit. 3 To put into a purse. 4 (context intransitive obsolete rare English) To steal purses; to rob.

  1. v. contract one's lips into a rounded shape

  2. gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips" [syn: wrinkle]

  1. n. a bag used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb" [syn: bag, handbag, pocketbook]

  2. a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse; "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"

  3. a small bag for carrying money

  4. a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

Purse (surname)

Purse is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Darren Purse (born 1977), English footballer
  • John Purse (born 1972), American cyclist
  • Charles Sanders Peirce (pronounced "Purse") (1839–1914), American philosopher and scientist

A purse is a small bag that may refer to:

  • Coin purse, small pouch made for carrying coins
  • In British English, currency notes, credit cards, and other ID cards
  • Handbag, in American English
  • Money bag
  • Wallet

Purse may also refer to:

  • Purse (horse racing), the total amount of money paid out to the owners of horses racing at a particular track over a given period
  • Prize money, "purse", or "purse money", a monetary reward paid out to the crew of a ship for capturing an enemy vessel
  • Purse bid, in Boxing the aggregate prize money
  • Purse (surname), a surname
  • Purse State Park, a state park in Charles County, Maryland
  • Privy Purse, money in the past British monarchy raised from the income of the Crown Estate lands and holdings
  • La Bourse ("purse" in French), a short story by French novelist Honoré de Balzac

Usage examples of "purse".

His table, his friends, his pleasures, his horses, his advice, and his purse, all these were at my service, and he offered them with the frankness of the soldier and the geniality of the prince.

Rae reached for her purse and pulled out the copies of the ambulance reports.

Timour might boast, that, at his accession to the throne, Asia was the prey of anarchy and rapine, whilst under his prosperous monarchy a child, fearless and unhurt, might carry a purse of gold from the East to the West.

His search for Elise had drawn him through a series of shops in which she had left a trail of purchases which exceeded by nearly thrice the purse he had left, and to be told that she had been escorted through the last few by a most attentive Hansa captain had further chafed his temper.

But he never mentioned that he had walked behind her through the department, past twelve occupied desks at the top of a shift, down the corridor packed with uniforms, and past the garage security guard, as she carried a long, thick roll of cork under one arm and a desk blotter under the other, with a calendar wadded in her purse and God knows what else.

French army, under General Breme, was sent on the marauding errand of demanding the public purse of its citizens.

Shannon, pursing her lips thoughtfully and staring at Brewster with new interest.

She tucked the bills back into her purse and, just to antagonize him, pointed her brolly toward the door.

So instead of browbeating him, she opened her purse and took out a small bag.

They come here from Rome and the suburbs called Italy, they pinch and squeeze and extort, and then they go home again with purses bulging, indifferent to the plight of those they leave behind, the people of Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian Asia.

Producing a compact from the depths of her macramé purse, she peeked in the mirror at Magilla Gorilla.

Lewis, who was spotted from the explosion, did nothing but rock manically on his heels, lips pursed, prepared, like a tiger-cat, to pounce.

Lo Manto said to her, gazing at her unlined face, taking in her sharp features, her bright eyes, her lips pursed and primed for either a smile or a pout.

Traveller pursed his lips and moved a solitary finger in a delicate plea for silence though Marris was not aware that he had made any sound.

Tutting over their age and lack of style, she pursed her lips and wondered if Milord might be planning to keep herself and Prettiman in his Town House to attend their young mistress.