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cootie1

or cooty

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties. Informal.
1.
a louse, especially one affecting humans, as the body louse, head louse, or pubic louse.
2.
a child's term for an imaginary germ or disease that one can catch by touching a person who is disliked or socially avoided:
The girls at camp thought the boys had cooties.
Origin of cootie1
1910-1915
1910-15; perhaps < Malay kutu biting body louse, with final syllable conformed to -ie

cooty1

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties.
1.
cootie1 .

cootie2

or cooty

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, Scot.
1.
a wooden container, especially a wooden bowl, for storing or serving food or drink.
Origin
1775-85; variant of Scots cood, of uncertain origin

cooty2

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties. Scot.
1.
cootie2 .
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Examples from the Web for cooties
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  • The time had come, I am glad to say, when we and the cooties, must forever part.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • One night, however, I discovered that I had been captured by "cooties."

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • They were lucky to escape with their lives, their cooties and their appetites.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • The various dopes and patent preparations guaranteed as "good for cooties" are just that.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • The cooties were very active, as we were drenched with sweat and hadn't had a bath since heavens knew when.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Best of all, the bathing was fine, and it was possible to keep the cooties under control,—more or less.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • It is possible to get the cooties out of these garments much easier than out of the thick woollies.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Out of the tub I had clean things straight through, with a neat blue uniform, and for once was free of the cooties.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • They were a species new to me that seemed to have sprung up in the hard times, just as cooties spring up in time of war.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for cooties

cootie

/ˈkuːtɪ/
noun
1.
(US & NZ) a slang name for the body louse Also called (NZ) kutu See louse (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse
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Word Origin and History for cooties
n.

1917, see cootie.

cootie

n.

"body lice," 1917, British World War I slang, earlier in nautical use, said to be from Malay kutu "dog tick."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cooties

cootie

noun

A body louse

[WWI Army fr British; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Malay kutu, ''dog tick''; one study suggests London cockney slang as the source]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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