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cooty1

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

cooty2

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties. Scot.
1.
cootie2 .

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

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
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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 cooty

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 cooty

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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