cooty

1
[koo-tee]

cooty

2
[koo-tee]
noun, plural coot·ies. Scot.
  1. cootie2.

cootie

1

or coot·y

[koo-tee]
noun plural coot·ies. Informal.
  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.

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]
noun Scot.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for cooty

cootie

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for cooty

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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