A coin purse




  • 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.
  • To steal purses; to rob.


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  • From Middle English purse, from Old English purs, partly from pusa and partly from burse.
  • Old English pusa comes from Proto-Germanic *pusô, from Proto-Indo-European *būs-, and is cognate with Old High German pfoso, Low German puse, Old Norse posi, Danish pose. Old English burse comes from Medieval Latin bursa (compare English bursar), from Ancient Greek βύρσα.
  • Compare also Old French borse (French bourse), Old Saxon bursa, Old High German burissa.

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