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.
Other definitions for cootie (2 of 2)
a wooden container, especially a wooden bowl, for storing or serving food or drink.
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How to use cootie in a sentence
Or worse, they act like you have cooties or must be broken somehow because of this one experience.#SurvivorPrivilege Schools George Will on the Reality of Rape | Amanda Marcotte | June 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were a species new to me that seemed to have sprung up in the hard times, just as cooties spring up in time of war.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
Colds and cooties played havoc with the boys for several weeks.The Delta of the Triple Elevens | William Elmer Bachman
The cooties became very thirsty and got off the clothes to get a drink, then I pulled them away quickly.Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers | Carleton B. Case
To her surprise she received a letter from him saying: Yes, every soldier gets the cooties.Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers | Carleton B. Case
If only the "cooties" could have been destroyed in the same way, the Germans might have been forgiven many of their offenses.Inventions of the Great War | A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
British Dictionary definitions for cootie
US and NZ a slang name for the body louse: Also called (NZ): kutu See louse (def. 1)
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