cougar

[koo-ger]

noun, plural cou·gars, (especially collectively) cou·gar.

Also called mountain lion, panther, puma. a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Informal. an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with much younger men: He's in his twenties, but he prefers cougars in their forties and fifties to young women his own age.

Nearby words

  1. coudé,
  2. coudé focus,
  3. coudé telescope,
  4. couette flow,
  5. cougan,
  6. cougar bait,
  7. cough,
  8. cough drop,
  9. cough medicine,
  10. cough mixture

Origin of cougar

1765–75; < French couguar (Buffon) < New Latin cuguacu ara, apparently a misrepresentation of Guarani guaçu ara

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British Dictionary definitions for cougar

cougar

noun

another name for puma
US and Canadian slang a woman in her 30s or 40s who actively pursues casual sexual relationships with young men

Word Origin for cougar

C18: from French couguar, from Portuguese cuguardo, from Tupi suasuarana, literally: deerlike, from suasú deer + rana similar to

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Word Origin and History for cougar

cougar

n.

1774, from French couguar, Buffon's adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu "deer" + rana "false." Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of "older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners" is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.

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