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cootie

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or coot·y

[ koo-tee ]
/ ˈku ti /
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noun plural coot·ies.Informal.
a louse, especially one affecting humans, as the body louse, head louse, or pubic louse.
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.
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Origin of cootie

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1910–15; perhaps <Malay kutu biting body louse, with final syllable conformed to -ie

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Other definitions for cootie (2 of 2)

cootie2

or coot·y

[ koo-tee ]
/ ˈku ti /

noun Scot.
a wooden container, especially a wooden bowl, for storing or serving food or drink.

Origin of cootie

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1775–85; variant of Scots cood, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for cootie

cootie
/ (ˈkuːtɪ) /

noun
US and NZ a slang name for the body louseAlso called (NZ): kutu See louse (def. 1)

Word Origin for cootie

C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse
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