Slang louse (sense ): now chiefly a child's term
Origin of cootieBritish World War I army slang, earlier a seaman's term from Malay kutu, dog tick
A body louse.
Origin of cootieProbably from Malay kutu
- (North America, colloquial) A louse.
- (North America, colloquial, childish, usually plural) Any germ or contaminant, real or imagined, especially from the opposite gender (for pre-pubescent children).
- I’m not drinking from his glass until I wash the cooties off it.
- (rare) A nest-building female American Coot (counterpart to cooter).