cootie

1

or coot·y

[ koo-tee ]
/ ˈku ti /

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.

Nearby words

  1. coos,
  2. coos bay,
  3. coot,
  4. cootch,
  5. cooter,
  6. cooties,
  7. cooty,
  8. coover,
  9. cooze,
  10. coozie

Origin of cootie

1
1910–15; perhaps < Malay kutu biting body louse, with final syllable conformed to -ie

cootie

2

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

2
1775–85; variant of Scots cood, of uncertain origin

Williams

[ wil-yuh mz ]
/ ˈwɪl yəmz /

noun

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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

Williams

/ (ˈwɪljəmz) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for cootie

cootie

n.

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

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