PUPIL – person (also see SCHOOL, STUDENT)
– ACADEMIST † a pupil in a school for riding, etc. …1651
PUPPET – adjectives
– NEUROSPASTIC †* pert. to a puppet …a1706
puppet – nouns
– BABAN † an infant, a young child; a doll, a puppet …c1230
– BABBON † an infant, a young child; a doll, a puppet …1570
– BABBY a doll, a puppet; any model of the human figure …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BABE † a doll, a puppet …1530
– BABY † a doll, a puppet …1552
– JACK-A-LENT a dwarf; a puppet …1598 arch.
– JACK O’ LENT a dwarf; a puppet …L16 colloq.
– MALKIN † a scarecrow; a ragged puppet or grotesque effigy; a ‘guy’ …1633 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– MAWKIN † a scarecrow; a ragged puppet or grotesque effigy; a ‘guy’ …1633 obs. Eng. dial.
– NEUROSPAST † a figure or puppet moved by strings …1642
– POPPY SHOW a puppet show; a peep show; hence, a childish or ridiculous exhibition …1860 Amer. dial.
puppet – person
– GALANTY SHOWMAN one who performs a play or pantomime produced by throwing shadows of puppets on to a wall or screen …1843
– MOTION-MAN † one who travelled with a puppet show; the worker or exhibitor of a puppet-show, a puppeteer …1631
PURCHASE – nouns
– ACATE, ACHATE † buying, purchasing, purchase …c1386
– BUYAL †* the act of buying; purchase …1612
– ERRANDS marketings, articles bought at market or from shops, purchases …1871 Sc. & Eng., dial.
purchase – verbs
– ABY(E) † to buy, to purchase, to pay for …c1175
– ACHATE †* to purchase, to lay in provision of …1601
– COFF to buy, to purchase …c1425 Sc. arch.
– COP of objects: to obtain, to purchase, to acquire …M19 sl.
– COUGH † to purchase, to acquire, to get …1550
– DEAL to conclude a bargain of purchase or sale; to agree as to price …1888 Eng. dial.
– HANDSEL to be the first purchaser …1865 Eng. dial.
– I-BYE †* to purchase; to pay for, atone for …a1000
PURCHASED – adjectives
– BOUGHTEN purchased, as opposed to homemade …1801 Amer. dial.
– BOUGHT-MADE purchased, as opposed to homemade …1967 Amer. dial.
– RAPT †* snapped up by purchasers …1567
– VENDIBLE † offered for sale; that may be bought or purchased …1552
PURCHASER – adjectives
– CATCHPENNY designed to attract purchasers; got up merely to sell …1759
purchaser – person
– ACATER, ACATOUR, ACHATOR, ACHATOUR † a purchaser of provisions; a purveyor; a provider or preparer of ‘cates’ or delicacies; a caterer …c1386
– HANDSEL the first money received in the day for the sale of goods; also, the first purchaser …1569
– JOLLY a sham purchaser, who praises up inferior goods in order to facilitate their sale to an innocent buyer …L19 sl.
– MERCHANT a buyer, a purchaser, a customer …1831 Sc.
– TAKER-UP a purchaser or purveyor of commodities …1603
– VENDEE the person to whom a thing is sold; the purchaser …1547
– YAGGER a clandestine purchaser of things unfairly disposed of …Bk1905 Sc.
PURCHASING – nouns
– ACHATE † the act of purchasing or buying; purchase; contract, bargain …c1374
PURE – adjectives
– CANDID pure, clear; stainless, innocent …1647 arch.
– CASTICAL † making chaste, pure or continent …1656
– HARD DOWN real, true; pure, unadulterated …1938 Amer. dial.
– IMMIXED † not mixed, unmingled, pure, simple …1659
– IMMIXT † not mixed, unmingled, pure, simple …1622
– LUTTER † pure …971
– NET * pure, unadulterated, unmixed …1713
– P pure, unadulterated, esp. of drugs …1970s sl.
– SKERE † pure, purified; cleansed or free from sin or guilt …a1225
– UNACCURSED pure, undefiled, uncorrupted …a1674
– UNACCURST pure, undefiled, uncorrupted …a1674
– UNDEFOILED†* pure, undefiled, uncorrupted …a1325
– UNDEFOULED † pure, undefiled, uncorrupted …a1300
– WHITE morally or spiritually pure; spotless, innocent …c1175
– WHITE-SOULED morally or spiritually pure …1789
– WHITER THAN WHITE morally pure; having an untarnished reputation …1658
– YFAIRED † made clean or pure …1340
pure – nouns
– PURE QUILL, THE something that is pure, genuine, of the highest quality …1884 Amer. dial.
– PURE QUILL WITH A BEAD ON IT, THE something that is pure, genuine, of the highest quality …1916 Amer. dial.
PURGATIVE – adjectives
– SCOURING † purgative …1814 Eng. dial.
PURGATORY – adjectives
– TARTAREAL †* belonging to the Tartarus of the ancients; hence, pert. to hell or to purgatory; infernal …1602
– TARTAREAN belonging to the Tartarus of the ancients; hence, pert. to hell or to purgatory; infernal …1623
PURIFICATION – adjectives
– LUSTRATIVE pert. to expiatory purification, or washing (used jocularly) …1875
– LUSTRATORY * relating to purification …1738
purification – nouns
– CASTIFICATION †* a making chaste; purification; chastity …1653
– CASTIGATION †* purification …1615
– LUSTRATION the performance of an expiatory sacrifice or a purificatory rite, as by washing with water; the purification by religious rites …1614
PURIFIED – adjectives
– LUSTRABLE † that may be purified or purged …1727
– SKERE † pure, purified; cleansed or free from sin or guilt …a1225
PURIFY – adjectives
– LUSTRAL that purifies; pert. to or used in rites of purification …1533
– LUSTRIFIC † that purifies …1727
– LUSTRIFICAL † that purifies …1656
purify – verbs
– DECRASSIFY * to divest of what is crass, gross, or material; to purify, to refine …1855
– DEPURATE to purify, cleanse, free from impurities …1620
– DEPURE † to cleanse, purify, free from impurity …a1400-50
– FAIR †* to make clean, to purify …1340
– LUSTRATE * to purify, to clear, to cleanse …1655
– LUSTRE †* to purify …1645
– MUNDIFY * to cleanse; to make clean; to purify …a1425
– SENDRE †* to purify …1340
– SKIRE † to cleanse, to clear or purify oneself …a1300
PURITAN, PURITANICAL – adjectives
– BLUE-NOSED rigidly, repressively puritan …M19 sl.
– NICE-NELLIE prudish, puritanical …1950s US sl.
– NICE-NELLY prudish, puritanical …1950s US sl.
– SNUFFLE-BUSTING puritanical …L19 Aust. & NZ sl.
– WOWSERISH like a ‘wowser’; prudish, very puritanical …1906 Aust. sl.
– WOWSERISTIC prudish, puritanical …1907 Aust. sl.
– WOWSERY like a ‘wowser’; prudish; very puritanical …c1925 Aust. sl.
– Y.M.C.A. priggish, puritan, ‘goody-goody’ …L19 sl.
puritan, puritanical – nouns
– NICE-NELLYISM prudishness, excessive gentility, puritanical behaviour or attitudes …1930s US sl.
puritan, puritanical – person
– AUTEM PRICKEAR a dissenter; a Puritan …E18 sl.
– BABES OF GRACE puritanical, sanctified looking persons …Bk1890 sl.
– BANBURY MAN † a Puritan; a bigot; a sour or severe man; a hypocrite …Bk1889
– BANBURY-BLOOD a Puritan; hence, a hypocrite …1909 UK sl.
– BIG DICK FROM BOSTON one who is puritanical at home but everything goes outside or away from it; a loudmouth tourist …Bk1972 homosexual sl.
– BLUE NOSE a person who is excessively puritanical; now esp. one who advocates abstinence from alcoholic drinks; a teetotaller …1928 Amer. dial.
– BLUENOSER a fanatical puritan …1970s sl.
– GABRIEL a puritan, a killjoy, a ‘bible-thumper’ …1930s US Black sl.
– GENEVA WEAVER a puritan …Bk1822
– SNUFFLE-BUSTER a puritan …L19 Aust. & NZ sl.
– TANNIE narrow-minded, puritan, small-town woman …1950s S. Afr. sl.
– TIPPER GORE one who is narrow-minded, puritanical, or repressive …1990s US teen sl.
– WOWSER a person very puritanical in morals; a spoilsport; one who neither swears, drinks, nor smokes …c1895 Aust colloq.
PURITY – nouns
– CANDIDNESS † purity, innocence …1654
– CANDOUR † stainlessness of character; purity, integrity, innocence …1610
– CASTIMONY †* chastity, purity …1490
– IMMIXTURE †* the condition of being unmixed; freedom from mixture; purity, simplicity …1648
– MERACITY †* purity, unmixed condition …1656
– MERENESS †* purity …1648
– SINCERITY † freedom from falsification, adulteration, or alloy; purity, correctness …1546
– UNDEFOULINGNESS † purity …c1400
PURLOIN – see STEAL
PURPLE – adjectives
– BEPURFURATE purpled, rosy-tinged, rosy-coloured …1584
– PUNICEOUS * of a bright red or purple colour …a1398
– PUNICIAL * of a bright red or purple colour …1606
purple – verbs
– IMPURPURE † to make purple …1552 Sc.
PURPOSE – adjectives
– AGNOMICAL †* belonging to the absence of set purpose or intention …1881
– AIMFUL * full of aim or purpose …1726
– SINGLE-MINDED. having but one aim or purpose …1860
purpose – nouns
– ACHESOUN † occasion, reason, purpose, motive …c1330
– ATTENT † purpose, intention …a1250
– BENT † that towards which an action, etc. is directed; aim, purpose, intention …1579
– BY-VIEW † selfish or private view; self-interested aim or purpose …1706
– CAST † device, purpose, design, aim …c1325
– DESIGNMENT a purpose which one intends to do …1570
– HEART † intent, will, purpose, inclination, desire …c825
– INDRAUGHT a purpose or object in view …1866 Sc.
– ITEM an intention, purpose; a crafty design; a trick; a fancy, a fad …1887 Eng. dial.
– LEVEL † aim, purpose, design …a1592
– OBTENT † purpose, intent …1430-50
– SCRAN ability; means of effecting a purpose …1806 Sc.
– SINGULARITY †* singleness of aim or purpose …a1340
purpose – verbs
– ADVISE † to devise, to purpose …c1340
– ETTLE to intend, to propose, to have in mind, to purpose …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
purpose – phrases
– ALL IS FISH THAT COMES TO NET all serves the purpose …1670 colloq.
PURPOSED – adjectives
– ADVISED † of persons: purposed, determined …c1325
– BETHOUGHT † of a thing: intended, purposed, contrived …c1200
PURR – verbs
– CURMUR to make a low murmuring or purring sound …1831
– MARR to purr, as a cat …Bk1905 Sc.
– SING THREE THREADS AND A THRUM of a cat: to purr …1870 Sc.
– SING THREE-THRUMS of a cat: to purr …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– THRUM of a cat: to purr …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
PURRING – nouns
– CURMUR the purring of a cat …1892 Sc.
– GREY THRUMS the purring sound made by a cat …1835 Sc.
– THREE-THRUMS the purring noise made by a cat when pleased; especially in the phrase, ‘to sing three-thrums’ …1835 Sc.
– THRICE-THRUMS the purring of a cat …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– THRUM the purring sound made by a cat …1835 Sc.
PURSE – nouns (also see WALLET)
– BELLY † a bag, skin-bag, purse, pod, husk …c950
– BOODLE BAG a money pouch or purse …1950 Amer. dial.
– BUNG † a purse …1567 thieves’ cant
– COD a purse …L17 sl.
– GREY NURSE a purse …Bk1999 Aust. rhyming sl.
– HADDOCK a purse …E19 sl.
– HADDOCK STUFF’D WITH BEANS a purse full of guineas …E19 sl.
– JAN a purse …1610 cant
– JOLA an over-sized handbag …1950s W. Indies
– LONG CRAG a long purse …L18 Sc. sl.
– LONG PURSE a purse containing plenty of money; plenty of money, abundant wealth or resources …1650 colloq.
– MOLL-BUZZING purse snatching; picking pockets …1900 Amer. sl.
– MONK BAG a small leather wallet or purse worn around the neck, tucked out of sight …1841 Amer. sl., chiefly nautical
– MONKEY BAG † a small leather wallet or purse worn around the neck, tucked out of sight …1847 Amer. sl., chiefly nautical
– POCKET PURSE a coin purse …1966 Amer. dial.
– POGUE a bag or purse; a wallet …1812 criminals’ sl.
– POKE a wallet, pocket, or purse …1859 Amer. sl.
– QUEER BOUNG an empty purse …M17 cant
– QUEER BUNG an empty purse (viewed as an object of robbery) …L17 UK criminals’ sl.
– READER a wallet or pocket-book …17C criminals’ sl.
– SKIN a pocketbook, wallet, etc. …1790 Amer. sl.
– TANKY BAG a purse, pouch, or sack …1950 Amer. dial.
– THANKY BAG a purse, pouch, or sack …1898 Amer. dial.
– THANKY POKE a purse, pouch, or sack …1952 Amer. dial.
– TUSSICK a handbag, valise …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– UXTER a pocketbook or purse …1896 UK criminals’ sl.
purse – verbs
– VAIL †* to throw down, give up or surrender a purse …1593
PURSER – person
– NIPCHEESE † a ship’s purser …1785 sl.
purser – verbs
– MAKE DEAD MEN CHEW TOBACCO of a purser: to falsify accounts in order to conceal the embezzlement of funds or stores …1805 Amer. nautical sl.
PURSUE – person
– SUER † a pursuer …1388
pursue – verbs
– ADRIVE † to drive away, to chase, to pursue, to follow up …a1000
– CHASE UP to pursue (a matter or person) vigorously with a specific intent, esp. after an earlier unsatisfactory response …1950s sl.
– COOZE to chase, to hunt, to pursue …Bk1895 Eng. dial.
- FAG to pursue, to hunt …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– GO GUNNING FOR to pursue actively …1940s Amer. sl.
– GUN FOR to pursue actively …1940s Amer. sl.
– HALLOW to chase or pursue with shouts; to urge on or incite with shouts …c1340
– HARPOON to pursue and catch a mate …1851 Amer. dial.
– HAWK to walk rapidly; to pursue closely …1971 Amer. dial.
– INTERRUPT to annoy, to cause discomfort to, to disagree with; to interfere with, to attack, to pursue …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– RATTLE to hunt out of; to pursue quickly …1883 Eng. dial.
– SUBSECUTE †* to follow up, to pursue …a1548
– SUE 1. † to go in pursuit of; to chase, to pursue …c1275
2. † to prosecute, carry out an action; to pursue a subject; to follow up an achievement …1297
– SUIT † to pursue, to follow …1581 Sc.
– TAKE AFTER to run after, to pursue …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PURSUED – nouns
– SUIT † that which is pursued …1593
PURSUIT – adjectives
– IN ONE’S BLOOD in hot pursuit …20C W. Indies sl.
pursuit – nouns
– AFFECTATION † a striving after, aiming at; a desire to obtain, earnest pursuit …1549
– CATCH † a chase, pursuit …c1450 Sc.
– FRESH SUIT † pursuit made without delay …1534
– SHOKE a hobby; a whim; a favourite pursuit …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– STILL HUNT the secret pursuit of any object …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– SUIT † pursuit, chase; a pursuit …c1325
PURSY – person
– BIFFY a nickname for a short, pursy fellow …Bk1911 Sc.
– BILF a term of contempt for a pursy person; a monster …Bk1911 Sc.
– GUNDIE-GUTS † a fat, pursy fellow; a voracious person …a1700
– GUNDY-GUT † a gluttonous, voracious person; a fat, pursy fellow …1699 sl.
PURULENT – adjectives
– ATRY of a sore: purulent …Bk1898 Sc.
– ATTERY of a sore: purulent …Bk1898 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– ATTRIE of a sore: purulent …Bk1898 Sc.
– BAGGAGE † purulent, nasty, corrupt …1576
purulent – nouns
– BAGGAGE † purulent or corrupt matter; pus …1576
purulent – verbs
– ETTER to fester, to emit purulent matter …Bk1900 Sc.
PURVEYOR – person
– ACATOUR † a purchaser of provisions; a purveyor; a provider or preparer of ‘cates’ or delicacies; a caterer …c1386
– SITARCH * a purveyor; one who provides sufficient victuals …1656
– TAKER-UP a purchaser or purveyor of commodities …1603
PUS – adjectives
– DEMICKY suppurating; discharging pus …1879 Eng. dial.
– MATTERED full of pus …1590
– MATTERY containing pus …1398
– QUITTERISH † containing pus …1668
– QUITTEROUS † containing pus …1543
– QUITTERY † containing pus …1398
pus – nouns
– AMPER an inflamed swelling, a pustule; a varicose vein; matter, pus …1790 Eng. dial.
– ATTER morbid matter from an ulcer or wound …1691 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– BADNESS pus …1943 Amer. dial.
– BAGGAGE † purulent or corrupt matter; pus …1576
– CORRUPTION pus …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– FIERY WATER the watery matter that often comes out of a sore with pus …1950 Amer. dial.
– GEAR † corrupt and foul matter; pus …1562
– QUITTER, QUITTOR † pus; suppurating matter; a purulent discharge from a wound or sore …1297
– RUNNING † a sore or wound that discharges pus …c1384
– SEPARATION pus from a boil, etc. …1968 Amer. dial.
– WARE † pus, matter …c1200
pus – verbs
– BREAK to discharge pus …1965 Amer. dial.
– BREAK OPEN to discharge pus …1965 Amer. dial.
– MATTERATE to form or discharge pus; to suppurate …1917 Amer. dial.
– MATTERY to discharge pus …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– QUITTER † to form pus; to fill with pus …1382
– RENDER to discharge pus …Bk1904 Sc.
PUSH – nouns
– BENSE a violent movement; a blow, spring, strong push …Bk1911 Sc.
– BEVEL a strong push; a staggering blow …1715 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– BEVIE a jog, a push …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUCKIE a smart blow on the chops; a push …1825 Sc.
- DUNCH a sharp push or shove; a nudge or poke with the elbow …1770 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DUNT a blow esp. a heavy or forceful one; later, also a sharp push or shove, esp. a nudge or poke with the elbow …a1522 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HEAVE a lift; an effort to lift or move something, a push, a shove, pressure; a swelling or rising up; rhythmical rising and falling, as of waves, the breast, etc.; an effort to vomit; a throw …a1571
– JICKAJOG a commotion; a push …1614 sl.
– JUNDIE a blow; a push with the elbow …1737 Sc.
– NODGE a push or stroke, esp. with the knuckles …1822 Sc.
– SCROUGE a push or shove …1954 Amer. dial.
– SKELP a push or slap
– THRIST a thrust; a push …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– THRUTCH a thrust; a push, a shove …1885 Eng. dial.
– TIRL a knock; a smart tap or stroke; a push; a rattle …1790 Sc.
push – verbs
– BAMBOOZE to abuse; to domineer over, to push about …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BOOK to butt; to push with the head or horns …1930 Amer. dial.
– BOOMER one who pushes an enterprise, or forces it upon public attention …1883 US sl.
– BRAY to shove, to push …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUCKIE to strike or push roughly …1866 Sc.
- BUSH † to butt with the head; to push …a1387 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– DAB to push, to shove smartly …1866 Sc.
– DUNCH to deliver a short, sharp blow to someone or something; to strike, to thump, to push; to knock against, to bump into; to give a person a nudge or poke with the elbow …a1250 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DUSH † to push or throw down violently ..1786 obs. exc. Sc.
– HUSTLE to push or knock about roughly or unceremoniously; to jostle in a rough or violent fashion …1751
– JUNDIE to jostle with the elbow; to struggle, to contend and push in a crowd …1785 Sc.
– JUT † to push, to thrust; to shove, to jolt; to knock against something …1565 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– LURRY to push about; to struggle …1804 Eng. dial.
– NODGE to push, to press; to strike with the knuckles or elbow, to poke …1853 Sc.
– NOSE OUT to push a person, etc., aside or away …1913
– OBTRUDE to thrust forth; to eject, to push out …1613
– POKE to urge, to push, to pressure …1913 Amer. dial.
– POKE UP to urge, to push, to pressure …1950 Amer. dial.
– RAM to push violently; to thrust …1824 Sc.
– RAM ABOUT to knock about; to push violently …Bk1905 Sc.
– RAMSTAM to walk or push forward in a headlong, rude, jostling manner …Bk1905 Sc.
– REEF to pull or push something vigorously; to tug, to use force on something …1958 Amer. dial.
– REEMLE to roll or push forward …Bk1904 Sc.
– SCAMBLE to push, to shove …1901 Eng. dial.
– SCAUT to push with the feet; to dig the feet into the ground in order to gain resistance; to stretch the legs violently …1825 Eng. dial.
– SCROOCH to force, push, or squeeze one’s way; to crowd over …1909 Amer. dial.
– SCROOGE to squeeze one’s way; to crowd, to push …1904 Amer. dial.
– SCROUGE 1. to crowd, to push against; to force into, out of, etc. a crowded space …1789 Amer. dial.
2. to force, push or squeeze one’s way; to crowd …1798 Amer. dial.
– SCROWDGE to crowd, to push again; to force into, out of, etc. a crowded space …1789 Amer. dial.
– SCRUDGE to squeeze one’s way; to crowd, to push …1904 Amer. dial.
– SKID to push or drag a person along …1881
– SKROUGE to crowd, to push against; to force into, out of, etc. a crowded space …1789 Amer. dial.
– TARGE to push one’s way forcefully through a crowd …1923 Sc.
– THRIMP to push …Bk1905 Sc.
– THRING † to press or push forward, as against obstacles; to push or force one’s way hastily or eagerly; to press, rush, hasten, push on …c893 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– THRIST to thrust, to push; to press, to squeeze, to hug; to wring …1838 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– THRUMBLE to make one’s way by pushing or jostling; to push, jostle …1500-20 chiefly Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– THRUSSEN to thrust; to push, to squeeze, to crowd …1874 Eng. dial.
– THRUST to crowd, to push, to squeeze …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– THRUSTEN to thrust; to push, to squeeze, to crowd …1874 Eng. dial.
– THRUTCH to thrust; to press, to push, to shove; to push or elbow one’s way through a crowd, etc. …1740 Eng. dial.
– TILT † to cause to fall; to thrust, to push, to throw down or over; to overthrow, to overturn, to upset …1300s
– TO-HIELD † to cause to incline, to lean, to bend, to fall over ; to push or pull down …c1205
– TO-PUSH † to push about, to hustle …a1300
– TO-THRUST † to thrust apart, to push open …c1175
– TRIST to thrust, to push; to press, to squeeze, to hug; to wring …1838 Sc.
– VAGE to push; to butt, as an animal; to sidle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VEDGE to push; to butt, as an animal; to sidle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– VEGE to push; to butt, as an animal; to sidle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WALLOW AROUND to push or stir something about …1833 Amer. dial.
– WALLOW DOWN to push something over by leaning on it …1888 Amer. dial.
– YARK † to pull, push, or throw with a sudden movement; to jerk, to wrench; to force …1568 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– YERK † to pull, push, or throw with a sudden movement; to jerk …1568 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
PUSHINESS – nouns
– BILLY GOAT effrontery, nerve, pushiness, boldness …1968 Amer. dial.
– SHOWANCY aggressiveness, pushiness …1952 Amer. dial.
PUSHING – adjectives
– ETTLING ambitious, pushing, striving …1822 Sc.
pushing – nouns
– THRIMP the act of pushing by schoolboys …Bk1905 Sc.
– THRUTCHING-MATCH a pushing or shoving match …1886 Eng. dial.
pushing – person
– ANOINTER an energetic, pushing person …1887 Eng. dial.
– NOINTER an energetic, pushing person …1887 Eng. dial.
PUSHY – adjectives
– THROSSAN conceited, stuck up; forward, pushy …1892 Eng. dial.
– THROSSEN-UP conceited, stuck up; forward, pushy …1892 Eng. dial.
pushy – person
– WAGON a pushy woman, or one capable of invective …2003 Ireland sl.
– WARM-MEMBER an energetic, pushful, self-advertising person …c1875 sl.
pushy – verbs
– SCROUGE, SCROWGE to be pushy or demanding; to struggle against difficulties …1830 Amer. dial.
PUSSY WILLOW – nouns
– POSSUM BUSH a pussy willow …1982 Amer. dial.
PUSTULE – nouns
– AMPER an inflamed swelling, a pustule; a varicose vein; matter, pus …1790 Eng. dial.
– BEAL † a pustule or boil; an abscess …c1400 obs. exc. Eng. & Amer. dial.
– BLEB a bubble; a small blister or pustule …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLUSHIN a blister or boil on hands or feet; a pustule full of matter …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLUSHION a blister or boil on hands or feet; a pustule full of matter …Bk1911 Sc.
– BURL † a small lump or rising in the skin; a pimple or pustule …1607
– BUTTON * a pustule on the skin; a pimple …1584
– FALE a pustule, a sore …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– PUCKLE a pimple, a pustule …1876 Eng. dial.
– QUAILAWAY a stye or small pustule on the eyelid …1866 Eng. dial.
– QUAT † a pimple or pustule; a small boil; a stye …1579 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– TETTER a small pimple or pustule; a small ulcer; a blister; a wart …1865 Eng. dial.
– WHELK a pustule, a pimple; a welt, a bruise, a bump on the skin …1848 Amer. dial.
PUT – verbs
– IMPOSE to lay on or set on; to place or set in a position; to put, to place, to deposit …1597 arch.
– MEET † to place, to put …1846 Eng. dial.
– PAMP to place or put something somewhere …1990 Sc. sl.
– YAT to put or place in a hurried, throwing manner; to shove, to stuff in hurriedly …1962 Sc.
PUT ASIDE – verbs
– EGAR †* to do without, to put aside, to dispense with …1544
PUT-DOWN (insult) – nouns
– BURN a put-down …20C teen & high school sl.
– KING’S ELEVATOR an extreme put-down, disappointment, or affront …M20 US sl.
– ROYAL SCREW an extreme put-down, disappointment, or affront …20C US sl.
– ROYAL SHAFT an extreme put-down, disappointment, or affront …20C US sl.
put down (insult) – verbs
– BURN to be put down …20C teen & high school sl.
– CAP to put down; to insult …20C teen & high school sl.
– CHEW to embarrass, to put someone down …1908 Amer. dial.
put down (insult) – phrases
– WHAT THE BLOODY HELL’S CRAWLIN’ ON YOU, MATE? a put-down …Bk1999 Aust. sl.
PUT DOWN (place) – verbs
– BAIL to put something down …20C teen & high school sl.
PUT OFF, PUTTING OFF – nouns
– OFF-PUT an act of putting off …1730 chiefly N. Eng. dial.
– OFF-PUTTING the act of putting off …1387
put off, putting off – verbs
– BACKWARN to put off, to countermand …1884 Eng. dial.
– DRIFT † to put off, to delay, to defer, to procrastinate …1584 Sc.
– GIVE SOMEONE THE RUN to deceive; to delay; to put off; to avoid; usually in order to give oneself some form of advantage, breathing space, etc….1910s orig. US
– GIVE SOMEONE THE RUNAROUND to deceive; to delay; to put off; to avoid; usually in order to give oneself some form of advantage, breathing space, etc….1910s orig. US
– HANG IN THE WIND to put off, to delay, to postpone …1814 Sc.
– OFF † to put off, to defer …1642
– PARRY to put off, to delay; to tarry, to loiter …1883 Sc.
– REFARD to defer, to put off …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– TAR OFF to put a person off with useless information …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
PUTREFACTION – adjectives
– SAPROGENIC causing decay or putrefaction; also, produced by putrefaction …1876
– SAPROGENOUS causing decay or putrefaction; also, produced by putrefaction …1876
PUTRESCENT – adjectives
– SAPPY of meat: putrescent, tainted …1573 Eng. dial.
PUTRID – adjectives
– DAIN † putrid, bad-smelling …1888 obs. or Eng. dial. rare
– MINGIN(G) smelly, disgusting, ugly, horrid, putrid, gross …playground sl.
putrid – nouns
– OFFAL the parts of slaughtered or dead animals unfit for food; putrid flesh; carrion; used contemptuously; also, the bodies or limbs of the slain …1581
putrid – verbs
– SCAG to render putrid by exposure to the sun and air …Bk1904 Sc.
PUTTING – nouns
– IMPOSITION * the act of putting, placing, or laying on; also, a layer over something …1597
PUT UP WITH – verbs
– FADGE † of persons: to do with; to put up with a thing …1592
PUZZLE – nouns
– BEAST a puzzle; what beats one to discover …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLAICK, BLAIK a puzzle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BRAIN BUSTER a particularly difficult problem or puzzle …1924
– BRAIN TRICK an exercise for the brain; a puzzle …1901
– BRAIN-TWISTER a difficult problem; a puzzle, often one designed as a challenge or for amusement …1878
– MAIZIE a puzzle …1929 Sc.
– MONKEY’S FIST † something difficult to understand, a puzzle …1901 chiefly nautical
– OPPOSAL † the putting of posing questions; examination, interrogation; a posing question; a puzzle, enigma, riddle …1426
– PALL a puzzle, a problem, a poser; something which brings one to a standstill …1866 Sc.
– PALL a puzzle …Bk1905 Sc.
– PAULER a puzzle, a poser, a knockout blow …1858 Sc.
– QUIRKLE a puzzle in which the answer depends on a catch or quibble …1824 Sc.
– QUIRKLUM a little arithmetical puzzle in which the answer depends on a catch or quibble …1824 Sc.
– REDDLIN a riddle, a puzzle, a conundrum …1873 Eng. dial.
– RIDDLING a riddle, a puzzle, a conundrum …1873 Eng. dial.
– RUDDLIN a riddle, a puzzle, a conundrum …1873 Eng. dial.
– STUMP an attempt to puzzle or confound …Bk1904 sl.
– TEASER a difficult problem; a puzzle …1830
puzzle – verbs
– BAMBAZE to confuse, to puzzle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BAZE † to stupefy, to frighten, to alarm; to puzzle, to bewilder, to daze …1603 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– BELBEVAR to puzzle; to perplex; to be unable to decide …Bk1911 Sc.
– BEMIST to confuse the senses of; to bewilder; to puzzle …1627
– BLAICK to puzzle, to mystify, to baffle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLAIK to puzzle, to mystify, to baffle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLECK to baffle; to surpass; to nonplus or overcome in an argument; to puzzle …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLOT to nonplus, to puzzle …Bk1911 Sc.
– CABOBBLE to mystify, to puzzle, to confuse …1880 Eng. dial.
– CAP to puzzle …Bk1899 Amer. dial.
– DIFFICULT to put in a difficulty, to perplex, to puzzle …1631 Sc.
– DUNCE UPON † to puzzle, to mystify, to confound …1611
– ENGLISH to puzzle …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– FLOOR to confound, to puzzle …1830 UK sl.
– GUFFLE to puzzle very much; to nonplus …B1900 Sc.
– MAFFLE to puzzle, to confuse, to bewilder …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAZE to amaze, to astonish; to bewilder, to puzzle, to mystify …1836 Eng. dial.
– METAGROBOLIZE to puzzle, to mystify; to puzzle out …1653 humorous
– MOPPLE to confuse, to puzzle …1869 Eng. dial.
– PALL to puzzle, to perplex, to nonplus, to thwart, to baffle …1832 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PASS to surpass; to surprise, to puzzle …1879 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– PAUL to puzzle, to perplex, to nonplus, to thwart, to baffle …1832 Sc.
– PUT TO THE GAZE † to puzzle, to nonplus …1646
– QUEER to quiz or ridicule; to puzzle …1790 sl.
– RIDDLE to puzzle …1817 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– STUMP to challenge, to defy, to puzzle, or confound …1837 sl.
– TAFFLE to puzzle, to bamboozle, to outwit …1950 Sc.
– TERRIFY to puzzle, to perplex …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TICKLE to puzzle …1865 Sc.
PUZZLED – adjectives
– AT AN AMPLISH at a loss …Bk1997 Irish sl.
– BAMBAZED puzzled, confused …1849 Sc.
– BOGFOUNDERED perplexed, bewildered, puzzled …1896 Eng. dial.
– CABOBBLED confused, puzzled, perplexed, mystified …Bk1823 Eng. dial. & nautical sl.
- DUMBFOOZLED puzzled, confounded …1825
– FAST puzzled, perplexed; hard up; at a loss, at a standstill …1867 Eng. dial.
– MAFFLED puzzled, confused, bewildered …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAFFLY puzzled, confused, bewildered …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PALLED puzzled …1885 Sc.
– PAMPERED puzzled …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TARRADIDDLED imposed upon, as by lies; puzzled; bewildered …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WHAPED † bewildered, dismayed, perplexed, puzzled …c1374
puzzled – nouns
– DUMP † a fit of abstraction or musing; a reverie; a dazed or puzzled state; perplexity, amazement; absence of mind …1523
PUZZLER – nouns
– STUMPER a puzzler …1847 sl.
PUZZLING – adjectives
– BRAIN-TEASING intellectually challenging; puzzling, thought-provoking …1828
– TICKLY puzzling, difficult …Bk1905 Sc.
puzzling – nouns
– ANOINTER something perplexing or puzzling …B1900 Eng. dial.
– KEERIORUM, QUEERIORUM an object, person, or animal exhibiting some singularity, something rare, puzzling, or peculiar; an oddity …1959 Sc.
– MOLLY-HOGAN any complicated or puzzling thing …1960 Amer. dial.
– MONKEY’S FIST something that puzzles …L19 Royal Navy usage
– NOINTER something perplexing or puzzling …B1900 Eng. dial.
PYGMY – adjectives
– MANIKIN dwarf, pygmy, diminutive, undersized, puny …1840
– MANNIKIN dwarf, pygmy, diminutive, undersized, puny …1840
pygmy – person
– DANDIPRAT † a small, insignificant, or contemptible fellow; a dwarf, a pygmy …1556 obs. or arch.
– DWARFLING a small dwarf; a pygmy …a1618
– HOP-O’-MY-THUMB a little diminutive person; a dwarf, a pygmy …1530
– MANAKIN, MANIKIN, MANNIKIN a little man, often used contemptuously; a dwarf, a pygmy …1601
– NATOMY a pigmy, a diminutive person a small thin ‘slip of a fellow …1863 Eng. dial.
– NEFFIT a puny person; a pygmy …Bk1905 Sc.
– OTTOMY a pigmy, a diminutive person, a small thin ‘slip of a fellow’ …1848 Ireland
– OTTY-MOTTY a pigmy, a diminutive person, a small thin ‘slip of a fellow’ …1863 Eng. dial.
– TOM THUMB a dwarf or pygmy of popular tradition or fable; hence, a dwarf or diminutive male person; also contemptuously, a petty or insignificant person …1579
– WRENOCK a pygmy; a dwarf …1777 Eng. dial.
PYJAMAS – see PAJAMAS
PYRAMID – nouns
– TAPER a spire or slender pyramid; a figure which tapers up to a point …1589
PUPIL – person (also see SCHOOL, STUDENT)