tiger

noun ti·ger \ ˈtī-gər \

Definition of tiger

plural tigers
1 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 (such as the jaguar or cougar)
c :a domestic cat with striped pattern
d Australia :tasmanian tiger
2 a :a fierce, daring, or aggressive person or quality
  • aroused the tiger in him
  • a tiger for work
b :someone or something (such 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
3 British :a groom in livery

tigerish

play \-g(ə-)rish\ adjective

tigerishly

adverb

tigerishness

noun

tigerlike

play \-gər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of tiger in a Sentence

  1. He was a tiger on the basketball court.

  2. even the best defense can't keep that tiger from scoring

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Origin and Etymology 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

British Definition of TIGER

tiger

noun

British Definition of tiger

plural tigers
:a groom in livery

TIGER Defined for English Language Learners

tiger

noun

Definition of tiger for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TIGER Defined for Kids

tiger

noun ti·ger \ ˈtī-gər \

Definition of tiger for Students

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


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