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View synonyms for cootie

cootie

1
or coot·y

[ koo-tee ]

noun

, Informal.
, plural coot·ies.
  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.



cootie

2
or coot·y

[ koo-tee ]

noun

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

cootie

/ ˈkuːtɪ /

noun

  1. a slang name for the body louse Also called (NZ)kutu See louse


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cootie1

First recorded in 1910–15; of disputed origin; perhaps from Malay kutu “louse” (akin to Chamorro hutu, Hawaiian 'uku, Maori kutu, Tagalog kuto ), with final syllable conformed to -ie; perhaps an elaboration of obsolete coot “louse,” after coot ( def ) (compare as lousy as a coot “infested with lice”)

Origin of cootie2

First recorded in 1775–85; variant of Scots cood, of uncertain origin
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cootie1

C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse
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Example Sentences

The complicated microstructures that create the mirrors might, for instance, reduce the danger of cracks or fungal cooties.

Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?

About a year later, I wrote another piece for Slate with the headline, “ The Cootie Factor.”

They found that the underwear was indeed death to the cootie.

There I made my first acquaintance with the now justly famous "cootie."

The tale is even told of cootie fights during long, rainy winter evenings which must be spent indoors.

A woman of Iowa invented cootie-proof underclothing by impregnating underwear with vermin-destroying chemicals.

This was probably so there would be no chance of a stray cootie getting into our new outfit.

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