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noun, plural ti·gers, (especially collectively for 1, 2, 6) ti·ger.
  1. a large, carnivorous, tawny-colored and black-striped feline, Panthera tigris, of Asia, ranging in several subspecies from India and the Malay Peninsula to Siberia: the entire species is endangered, with some subspecies thought to be extinct.
  2. the cougar, jaguar, thylacine, or other animal resembling the tiger.
  3. a person resembling a tiger in fierceness, courage, etc.
  4. a country that is considered to have a tiger economy: Taiwan is one of the four Asian tigers.
  5. an additional cheer (often the word tiger) at the end of a round of cheering.
  6. any of several strong, voracious fishes, as a sand shark.
  7. any of numerous animals with stripes similar to a tiger's.
  1. noting or relating to a strict parenting style that demands academic excellence and obedience from children, associated especially with East Asians:a tiger mom; tiger parenting.

Origin of tiger

before 1000; Middle English tigre, Old English tīgras (plural) < Latin tīgris, tigris < Greek tígris
Related formsti·ger·like, adjective


[woo dz]
  1. Eldrick [el-drik] /ˈɛl drɪk/, Tiger, born 1975, U.S. professional golfer.
  2. Lake of the. Lake of the Woods.
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Related Words for tiger

cougar, leopard, cub, lynx, feline, cat, carnivore, jaguar

Examples from the Web for tiger

Contemporary Examples of tiger

Historical Examples of tiger

  • Then the chief slid out of a shadow and come at us like a tiger.

  • These attack you—but run—at least the tiger, not the elephant, when you go out after him.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "It was no tiger at all—that was the joke of the thing," said the major.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • At one end there was a thong with a loop in it, and it smelled of tiger.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • The baron raged like a tiger, and the cottager laid about him like a thresher.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for tiger


  1. a large feline mammal, Panthera tigris, of forests in most of Asia, having a tawny yellow coat with black stripes
  2. (not in technical use) any of various other animals, such as the jaguar, leopard, and thylacine
  3. a dynamic, forceful, or cruel person
    1. a country, esp in E Asia, that is achieving rapid economic growth
    2. (as modifier)a tiger economy
  4. archaic a servant in livery, esp a page or groom
  5. short for tiger moth
  6. Southern African slang a ten-rand note
  7. have a tiger by the tail informal to find oneself in a situation that has turned out to be much more difficult to control than one had expected
Derived Formstigerish or tigrish, adjectivetigerishly, adverbtigerishness, nountiger-like, adjective

Word Origin for tiger

C13: from Old French tigre, from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin


  1. See TIGR


  1. Lake of the Woods See Lake of the Woods


  1. Tiger, real name Eldrick Woods . born 1975, US golfer: youngest US Masters champion and first Black golfer to win a major championship; winner of the US Masters (1997, 2001–02, 2005), US Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open Championship (2000, 2005–06), and the PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006-07); in 2001 he became the only player to hold all four major titles at once


pl n
  1. closely packed trees forming a forest or wood, esp a specific one
  2. another word for backwoods (def. 2)
  3. the woodwind instruments in an orchestraSee also wood 1 (def. 8)
  4. neck of the woods informal an area or localitya quiet neck of the woods
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Word Origin and History for tiger

Old English tigras (plural), also in part from Old French tigre (mid-12c.), both from Latin tigris "tiger," from Greek tigris, possibly from an Iranian source. The meaning "shriek or howl at the end of a cheer" is recorded from 1845, American English. Tiger's-eye "yellowish-brown quartz" is recorded from 1891.

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