noun, plural tigers, (especially collectively for 1, 2, 5) tiger.
a large, carnivorous, tawny-colored and black-striped feline, Panthera tigris, of Asia, ranging in several races from India and the Malay Peninsula to Siberia: the entire species is endangered, with some races thought to be extinct.
the cougar, jaguar, thylacine, or other animal resembling the tiger.
a person resembling a tiger in fierceness, courage, etc.
an additional cheer (often the word tiger ) at the end of a round of cheering.
any of several strong, voracious fishes, as a sand shark.
any of numerous animals with stripes similar to a tiger's.

before 1000; Middle English tigre, Old English tīgras (plural) < Latin tīgris, tigris < Greek tígris

tigerlike, adjective
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tiger (ˈtaɪɡə)
1.  a large feline mammal, Panthera tigris, of forests in most of Asia, having a tawny yellow coat with black stripes
2.  (not in technical use) any of various other animals, such as the jaguar, leopard, and thylacine
3.  a dynamic, forceful, or cruel person
4.  a.  a country, esp in E Asia, that is achieving rapid economic growth
 b.  (as modifier): a tiger economy
5.  archaic a servant in livery, esp a page or groom
6.  short for tiger moth
7.  slang (South African) a ten-rand note
8.  informal have a tiger by the tail to find oneself in a situation that has turned out to be much more difficult to control than one had expected
[C13: from Old French tigre, from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin]

Tiger (ˈtaɪɡə)

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O.E. tigras (pl.), also in part from O.Fr. tigre (c.1150), both from L. tigris "tiger," from Gk. tigris, possibly from an Iranian source. The meaning "shriek or howl at the end of a cheer" is recorded from 1845, Amer.Eng. Tigress first recorded 1611. Tiger's-eye "yellowish-brown quartz" is recorded from
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Example sentences for +Tigers
Wild boar are preyed upon by tigers in the regions where they coexist.
Some bears emerging from hibernation will seek out tigers in order to steal their kills.
Adult brown bears are known for killing and driving off adult male tigers.
Typical jungle animals, particularly tigers and leopards, are common in burma.
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