cootie catcher

noun

plural cootie catchers
: a child's toy that consists of paper folded into four pyramid-shaped parts that are manipulated by the fingers to open and close with each part having a flap that can be unfolded to reveal an answer to one's question about the future : fortune teller
Mark Buck erects a giant array of the little folded-paper fortune-telling games that children call cootie-catchersMichael Scott
And if you've ever made a cootie catcher, you know that origami has the power to unlock worlds of unparalleled fun.Tucson (Arizona) Weekly

Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cootie catcher was in 1971

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“Cootie catcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cootie%20catcher. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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