Cootie definition

ko͝otē
(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.

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A body louse.
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A body louse.
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(North America, colloquial) A louse.
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(rare) A nest-building female American Coot (counterpart to cooter).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cootie
Plural:
cooties

Origin of cootie

  • Probably from Malay kutu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1917, from British army slang during World War I, probably from Malay kutu (“flea, louse”).

    From Wiktionary