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.

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Origin of cootie

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

Definition for cooties (2 of 4)

cooty

1
[ koo-tee ]
/ ˈku ti /

noun, plural coot·ies.

Definition for cooties (3 of 4)

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

Definition for cooties (4 of 4)

cooty

2
[ koo-tee ]
/ ˈku ti /

noun, plural coot·ies. Scot.

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British Dictionary definitions for cooties

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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