- Also called mountain lion, panther, puma. a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
- Informal. an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with much younger men: He's in his twenties, but he prefers cougars in their forties and fifties to young women his own age.
Origin of cougar
Examples from the Web for cougar
First they labeled me the “girlfriend,” then I was the “cougar girlfriend.”Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
She cut her teeth first directing episodes of Cougar Town, about 10 in all.Courteney Cox Gets Personal About Her Directorial Debut, ‘Just Before I Go’
April 29, 2014
Courtney Cox is the model every sitcom star prays works out for them with the cable success of Cougar Town.Our Pop Culture Wish List for 2014
December 30, 2013
Despite the age difference, he seems to complement her perfectly, and you never get the sense that Imogene is a “cougar.”Kristen Wiig on ‘Girl Most Likely’ and Why She Nixed ‘Bridesmaids 2’
July 18, 2013
Harry has been focused on 'cougar' websites for women seeking toyboys, The Sun says.Prince Harry Signs Pals Up To Cougar Dating Websites
November 14, 2012
What between the blow of the cougar and the force of the fall, the big-horn was dead.
Two Arrows wiped the blood of the cougar from the blade of his lance.
But now the hounds were too quick, and in a trice they had the cougar surrounded.American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt
No cougar stalking its prey could have been more lithely wary.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Perhaps the coyotes were over there; or could it be a cougar or a bear?The Story of Wool
Sara Ware Bassett
- another name for puma
- US and Canadian slang a woman in her 30s or 40s who actively pursues casual sexual relationships with young men
Word Origin and History for cougar
1774, from French couguar, Buffon's adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu "deer" + rana "false." Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of "older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners" is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.