Definitions of purse

  1. gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; " purse ones's lips"
  2. a small bag for carrying money
  3. a sum of money offered as a prize; " the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"
  4. 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"
  5. 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.
  6. Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse.
  7. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.
  8. A specific sum of money
  9. In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters.
  10. In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.
  11. To put into a purse.
  12. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.
  13. To steal purses; to rob.
  14. A small bag or pouch for money; a sum of money collected for a purpose; as, they made up a purse for the widow; treasury; as, the public purse.
  15. To pucker or wrinkle; as, to purse the lips.
  16. A small bag for money, orig. made of skin: a sum of money: a treasury.
  17. To put into a purse: to contract as the mouth of a purse: to contract into folds.
  18. A small bag for money; treasury.
  19. To put in a purse; to draw into wrinkles.
  20. To draw into wrinkles.
  21. To place in a purse.
  22. A treasury.
  23. Money offered as a prize.
  24. A small bag for money, and carried in the pocket; a sum of money; in Turkey, a sum of 500 piasters; the treasury.
  25. To put in a purse; to contract into folds or wrinkles. Long purse, wealth. Light purse, poverty.
  26. A small money bag or case; a sum of money given as a prize or present; in Turkey, the sum of 500 piastres.
  27. To contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse.

Usage examples for purse

  1. In addition to that amount the managers of the fair and several gentlemen who do not care to have their names made public, have made up a purse of one hundred and eighty dollars to be divided equally between them. – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
  2. Here is a purse of gold for thy wages, and here are three gifts to reward thy courage and good- will. – The Firelight Fairy Book by Henry Beston
  3. " I'll put it in my purse so it can't be lost," Mother answered. – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  4. That is the way with children; they eat up their parents' purse. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  5. She selected what she wanted instantly, and counted out the money from her own purse. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. There is my purse. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  7. Then I should be one off the family purse, for all my expenses would be paid by the hospital. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  8. I saw you pick up the purse. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  9. Out of the purse she took a key. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  10. If you got a thin purse today, I'll make it fat for you in a week. – Black Jack by Max Brand
  11. Elsie drew out the purse and put it in her friend's hand, saying: " It is all my own work, dear Miss Rose; I thought you would value it more for that." – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
  12. Some fine clothes have been sent from Paris for him, and five gold pieces in a pretty purse. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  13. I can do nothing with an empty purse. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  14. Much for my purse, be hanged! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  15. That's probably why you opened your heart and purse." – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. You know where my purse is. – The Cromptons by Mary J. Holmes
  17. I believe yours, Sir Francis, in a Purse of Guinea's wou'd be more material. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  18. The lady in the carriage felt in her pocket, and brought out her purse and looked through it. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  19. " Purse," said the man. – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Folding the pictures and putting them in her purse, Mandi said, No, you don't. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt