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[koo-ger] /ˈku gər/
noun, plural cougars (especially collectively) cougar.
Also called mountain lion, panther, puma. a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Informal. an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with much younger men:
He's in his twenties, but he prefers cougars in their forties and fifties to young women his own age.
Origin of cougar
1765-75; < French couguar (Buffon) < New Latin cuguacu ara, apparently a misrepresentation of Guarani guaçu ara Unabridged
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  • One afternoon he found a couple of cougar kittens, and took them into camp; they were clumsy, playful, friendly little creatures.

  • What between the blow of the cougar and the force of the fall, the big-horn was dead.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • Suddenly, without noise or warning of any kind, a cougar stood in the trail before me.

  • Two Arrows wiped the blood of the cougar from the blade of his lance.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • By these means he would speedily break the jaw-hold of the cougar.

    Memoirs of Orange Jacobs Orange Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for cougar


another name for puma
(US & Canadian, slang) a woman in her 30s or 40s who actively pursues casual sexual relationships with young men
Word Origin
C18: from French couguar, from Portuguese cuguardo, from Tupi suasuarana, literally: deerlike, from suasú deer + rana similar to
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Word Origin and History for cougar

1774, from French couguar, Buffon's adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu "deer" + rana "false." Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of "older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners" is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cougar in Technology

World-Wide Web, standard
A former (development) name for the W3C's HTML 4 standard.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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