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

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Recent Examples on the Web The seats will be movable, positioned far enough apart so driver and passenger don't need to trade cooties. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 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,, "What do Donald Trump and Kanye West see in each other? The answer is clear.," 26 Apr. 2018 The feminization of ambisexual terms seems to me to reflect the logic of cooties. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When words get ‘girl cooties’," 31 May 2018 And relationship advice (even though they're supposed to believe in cooties). Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Adults Reveal the Meanest Things Kids Have Ever Said," 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, "Home Sweet Gadget: How Our Technolust Helped Bring Down the Housing Market," 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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The first known use of cootie was in 1917

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“Cootie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cootie

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


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