tiger

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noun ti·ger \ˈtī-gər\

Definition of tiger

plural

tigers

  1. 1 plural also tiger a :  a large Asian carnivorous mammal (Panthera tigris) of the cat family having a usually tawny coat transversely striped with blackb :  any of several large wildcats (as the jaguar or cougar)c :  a domestic cat with striped patternd Australian :  tasmanian tiger

  2. 2a :  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

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


TIGER Defined for English Language Learners

tiger

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noun ti·ger \ˈtī-gər\

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

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noun ti·ger \ˈtī-gər\

Definition of tiger for Students

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



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