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

 

possum

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɒsəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːsəm//
 
(Australian English, New Zealand English or North American English, informal)
 
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  • = opossum
  • Word Origin early 17th cent.: shortening of opossum.Idioms (informal) to pretend to be asleep or not aware of something, in order to trick somebody
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