cootie

noun
coo·​tie | \ ˈkü-tē How to pronounce cootie (audio) \

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Examples of cootie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seats on the patio filled steadily, but the spaciousness kept any residual cootie fears at bay. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2021 This is why lunch with friends is important, particularly in times when the gym’s a potential cootie factory. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2020 The seats will be movable, positioned far enough apart so driver and passenger don't need to trade cooties. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 31 May 2019 And swaths of West’s celebrity follower-base responded to his tweets by clicking unfollow, likely fearing the virtual transmission of career-threatening Trump cooties. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2018 The feminization of ambisexual terms seems to me to reflect the logic of cooties. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 May 2018 And relationship advice (even though they're supposed to believe in cooties). Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2017 Whether those respondents were looking for something cheaper, bigger, gadgetier, or merely free of other people's cooties, builders responded to that new demand. Daniel Mcginn, WIRED, 24 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of cootie

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cootie

perhaps modification of Malay kutu

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“Cootie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cootie. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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cootie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cootie

US, informal : a type of small insect that lives in people's hair

cootie

noun
coo·​tie | \ ˈküt-ē How to pronounce cootie (audio) \

Medical Definition of cootie

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