- Chiefly Southern U.S. any of several large aquatic turtles of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico.
Origin of cooter
Related Words for cootertortoise, slowpoke, chelonian, snapper, terrapin, cooter, leatherback, loggerhead, testudinal
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Contemporary Examples of cooter
Democrats have only the dude who played “Cooter” on The Dukes of Hazard to crow about.Hollywood's Dirty Secret
May 14, 2009
Historical Examples of cooter
Word Origin and History for cooter
name for some types of freshwater terrapin in southern U.S., 1835 (first attested 1827 in phrase drunk as a cooter, but this probably is a colloquial form of unrelated coot), from obsolete verb coot "to copulate" (1660s), of unknown origin. The turtle is said to copulate for two weeks at a stretch.