noun, plural ti·gers, (especially collectively for 1, 2, 6) ti·ger.


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.

Nearby words

  1. tiflis,
  2. tifton,
  3. tig,
  4. tig welding,
  5. tigard,
  6. tiger balm,
  7. tiger beetle,
  8. tiger by the tail,
  9. tiger cat,
  10. tiger economy

Origin of tiger

before 1000; Middle English tigre, Old English tīgras (plural) < Latin tīgris, tigris < Greek tígris

Related formsti·ger·like, adjective


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Eldrick [el-drik] /ˈɛl drɪk/, Tiger, born 1975, U.S. professional golfer.
Lake of the. Lake of the Woods.
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British Dictionary definitions for tiger



a large feline mammal, Panthera tigris, of forests in most of Asia, having a tawny yellow coat with black stripes
(not in technical use) any of various other animals, such as the jaguar, leopard, and thylacine
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
archaic a servant in livery, esp a page or groom
short for tiger moth
Southern African slang a ten-rand note
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







Lake of the Woods See Lake of the Woods




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

closely packed trees forming a forest or wood, esp a specific one
another word for backwoods (def. 2)
the woodwind instruments in an orchestraSee also wood 1 (def. 8)
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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