cootie

1 [koo-tee]
Also, cooty.


Origin:
1910–15; perhaps < Malay kutu biting body louse, with final syllable conformed to -ie

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cooty

1 [koo-tee]
noun, plural cooties.

cootie

2 [koo-tee]
noun Scot.
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

cooty

2 [koo-tee]
noun, plural cooties. Scot.
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cootie (ˈkuːtɪ)
 
n
(US), (NZ) See louse Also called (NZ): kutu a slang name for the body louse
 
[C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse]

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

cooties
1917, see cootie.
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The cooties only added to the misery of living in the trenches.
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