purse

Though purses are mostly carried by women, this is the kind of purse anyone would love to bring home: it's a prize, usually consisting of money.

The most common meaning of purse, as a woman's bag, can definitely help you remember the "prize" meaning of purse, because a woman who won a purse could carry her winnings in a purse. The non-bag type of purse is usually associated with sporting events: boxers and jockeys win purses. Other times, purse is used to describe money won in another context, like a photography contest. Another meaning is totally different: if you pucker or contract your lips, you're pursing them.

Primary Meanings of purse

1.
n
a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
2.
v
contract one's lips into a rounded shape
Full Definitions of purse
1

n a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)

Synonyms:
bag, handbag, pocketbook
Types:
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clutch, clutch bag
a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
etui
small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
evening bag
a handbag used with evening wear
reticule
a woman's drawstring handbag; usually made of net or beading or brocade; used in 18th and 19th centuries
shoulder bag
a large handbag that can be carried by a strap looped over the shoulder
Type of:
container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)

n a small bag for carrying money

Type of:
bag
a flexible container with a single opening

n 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
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money

n a sum of money offered as a prize

“the purse barely covered the winner's expenses”
Type of:
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money
a quantity of money
2

v contract one's lips into a rounded shape

Types:
pooch, pooch out
round one's lips as if intending to kiss
Type of:
round, round off, round out
make round

v gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker

purse ones's lips”
Synonyms:
wrinkle
Type of:
contract
make smaller

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