As nouns the difference between purse and briefcase
is that purse
is a small bag for carrying money while briefcase
is a case used for carrying documents (especially by business people).
As a verb purse
is to press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.
A small bag for carrying money.
* 1550 Mierdman, Steuen, The market or fayre of usurers
(US) A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items)
A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.
* , Episode 12, The Cyclops
- And then mu?t many a man occupie as farre as his pur?e would reache, and ?tretche out his legges accordynge to the length of his couerlet.
(historical) A specific sum of money in certain countries: formerly 500 piastres in Turkey or 50 tomans in Persia.
- It was a historic and a hefty battle when Myler and Percy were scheduled to don the gloves for the purse of fifty sovereigns.
* (small bag for carrying money) pocketbook; coin purse, change purse
* (especially US)
* (small bag used by women) handbag (especially UK)
* (quantity of money) bursary, grant
* common purse
* make a silk purse of a sow's ear
To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.
* 1979 , (Monty Python), (Always Look on the Bright Side of Life)
- When you're feeling in the dumps
- Don't be silly chumps
To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles; to pucker; to knit.
- Just purse your lips and whistle – that's the thing.
To put into a purse.
- Thou didst contract and purse thy brow.
(intransitive, obsolete, rare) To steal purses; to rob.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- I will go and purse the ducats straight.
- I'll purse : I'll bet at bowling alleys.
a case used for carrying documents (especially by business people)