Definition of possum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɒsəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːsəm//
(Australian English, New Zealand English or North American English, informal)
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  • = opossum
  • Word Originearly 17th cent.: shortening of opossum.Idioms (informal) to pretend to be asleep or not aware of something, in order to trick somebody
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: possum

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