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tiger

[tahy-ger] /ˈtaɪ gər/
noun, plural tigers, (especially collectively for 1, 2, 5) tiger.
1.
a large, carnivorous, tawny-colored and black-striped feline, Panthera tigris, of Asia, ranging in several races from India and the Malay Peninsula to Siberia: the entire species is endangered, with some races thought to be extinct.
2.
the cougar, jaguar, thylacine, or other animal resembling the tiger.
3.
a person resembling a tiger in fierceness, courage, etc.
4.
an additional cheer (often the word tiger) at the end of a round of cheering.
5.
any of several strong, voracious fishes, as a sand shark.
6.
any of numerous animals with stripes similar to a tiger's.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English tigre, Old English tīgras (plural) < Latin tīgris, tigris < Greek tígris
Related forms
tigerlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tigerlike

tiger

/ˈtaɪɡə/
noun
1.
a large feline mammal, Panthera tigris, of forests in most of Asia, having a tawny yellow coat with black stripes
2.
(not in technical use) any of various other animals, such as the jaguar, leopard, and thylacine
3.
a dynamic, forceful, or cruel person
4.
  1. a country, esp in E Asia, that is achieving rapid economic growth
  2. (as modifier): a tiger economy
5.
(archaic) a servant in livery, esp a page or groom
6.
short for tiger moth
7.
(South African, slang) a ten-rand note
8.
(informal) have a tiger by the tail, to find oneself in a situation that has turned out to be much more difficult to control than one had expected
Derived Forms
tigerish, tigrish, adjective
tigerishly, adverb
tigerishness, noun
tiger-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tigre, from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin

Tiger

/ˈtaɪɡə/
noun
1.
See TIGR
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Word Origin and History for tigerlike

tiger

n.

Old English tigras (plural), also in part from Old French tigre (mid-12c.), both from Latin tigris "tiger," from Greek tigris, possibly from an Iranian source. The meaning "shriek or howl at the end of a cheer" is recorded from 1845, American English. Tiger's-eye "yellowish-brown quartz" is recorded from 1891.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tigerlike

tiger

noun

A strong, virile man; a dangerous man •Often used in direct address, either admiringly or ironically: He's switched from being a pussycat to being a regular tiger (1940s+)

Related Terms

blind pig, blind tiger, have a tiger by the tail


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Related Abbreviations for tigerlike

TIGER

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