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cootie1

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, Informal.
1.
a louse, especially one affecting humans, as the body louse, head louse, or pubic louse.
Also, cooty.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; perhaps < Malay kutu biting body louse, with final syllable conformed to -ie

cooty1

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties.
1.
cootie1 .

cootie2

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, Scot.
1.
a wooden container, especially a wooden bowl, for storing or serving food or drink.
Also, cooty.
Origin
1775-85; variant of Scots cood, of uncertain origin

cooty2

[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/
noun, plural cooties. Scot.
1.
cootie2 .
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  • The cooties only added to the misery of living in the trenches.
British Dictionary definitions for cooties

cootie

/ˈkuːtɪ/
noun
1.
(US & NZ) a slang name for the body louse Also called (NZ) kutu See louse (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse
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Word Origin and History for cooties
n.

1917, see cootie.

cootie

n.

"body lice," 1917, British World War I slang, earlier in nautical use, said to be from Malay kutu "dog tick."

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Slang definitions & phrases for cooties

cootie

noun

A body louse

[WWI Army fr British; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Malay kutu, ''dog tick''; one study suggests London cockney slang as the source]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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