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noun ti·ger \ˈtī-gər\

: a large, wild cat that has a coat of usually yellow or orange fur and black stripes and that lives in Asia

: a striped cat that lives with people

: a person who is very fierce or aggressive

plural tigers

Full Definition of TIGER

plural also tiger
a :  a large Asian carnivorous mammal (Panthera tigris) of the cat family having a usually tawny coat transversely striped with black
b :  any of several large wildcats (as the jaguar or cougar)
c :  a domestic cat with striped pattern
d Australian :  tasmanian tiger
a :  a fierce, daring, or aggressive person or quality <aroused the tiger in him> <a tiger for work>
b :  one (as a situation) that is formidable or impossible to control <how the tiger of inflation can be tamed — J. A. Davenport> —often used in the phrases ride a tiger and have a tiger by the tail
British :  a groom in livery
ti·ger·ish \-g(ə-)rish\ adjective
ti·ger·ish·ly adverb
ti·ger·ish·ness noun
ti·ger·like \-gər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of TIGER

  1. He was a tiger on the basketball court.
  2. <even the best defense can't keep that tiger from scoring>

Illustration of TIGER

Origin of TIGER

Middle English tigre, from Old English tiger & Anglo-French tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Greek, probably of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan tighra- pointed; akin to Greek stizein to tattoo — more at stick
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with TIGER

TIGERISHLY Defined for Kids


noun ti·ger \ˈtī-gər\

Definition of TIGER for Kids

:  a large Asian meat-eating animal of the cat family that is light brown with black stripes


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