Enough with cougars: The word, the idea behind the word, and the new ABC comedy starring Courteney Cox.
Nearly one-third of “cougars” plan never again to seek relationships with men their own age.
According to the Cougared.com survey, 63 percent of cougars say they “might” return to men their own age.
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.