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[kahy-oh-tee, kahy-oht] /kaɪˈoʊ ti, ˈkaɪ oʊt/
noun, plural coyotes (especially collectively) coyote.
Also called prairie wolf. a buffy-gray, wolflike canid, Canis latrans, of North America, distinguished from the wolf by its relatively small size and its slender build, large ears, and narrow muzzle.
Slang. a contemptible person, especially an avaricious or dishonest one.
American Indian Legend. the coyote regarded as a culture hero and trickster by American Indian tribes of the West.
Slang. a person who smuggles Mexican nationals across the border into the U.S. for a fee.
Origin of coyote
1825-35; earlier cuiota, cayota < Mexican Spanish coyote < Nahuatl coyōtl Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coyote
  • coyote for the building of a roadrunner-meat processing plant.
  • On the edges of a sheep farm, a coyote lurks, licking his chops.
  • In a curious predator-prey role reversal, the pronghorn antelope pursued a coyote across a knoll.
  • Be on the lookout for elk and coyote trotting through.
  • Silva said that her group had no coyote with them but had received directions by text.
  • Unless it turns out the coyote was actually a suicide.
  • Biologists have controlled the coyote population, and the wolves are thriving.
  • coyote running over the edge of a cliff, financial services kept on going.
  • Another neighbor sighted a coyote while walking her dog late one evening.
  • It was really exciting to see the coyote because it was right next to our car.
British Dictionary definitions for coyote


/ˈkɔɪəʊt; kɔɪˈəʊt; kɔɪˈəʊtɪ/
noun (pl) -otes, -ote
Also called prairie wolf. a predatory canine mammal, Canis latrans, related to but smaller than the wolf, roaming the deserts and prairies of North America
(in Native American legends of the West) a trickster and culture hero represented as a man or as an animal
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyotl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coyote

1759, American English, from Mexican Spanish coyote, from Nahuatl coyotl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for coyote



A person who smuggles illegal immigrants across the Mexican-US border: the ''coyotes,'' the smugglers who bribe or otherwise contrive to get their charges past border authorities (1920s+) coyote ugly

adjective phrase

Extremely ugly or nasty; piss-ugly, ugly as catshit: I had a coyote ugly date (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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