Definition of cootie in English:


Syllabification: coot·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈko͞otē


North American informal
  • 1A body louse.
  • 1.1A children’s term for an imaginary germ or repellent quality transmitted by obnoxious or slovenly people.
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    • I'd have preferred to be stuck in that age again, where boys were seen for what they really were, germs and cooties.
    • And so the cooties and the cootie carriers were the enemy, otherwise labeled as ‘yucky.’
    • As far as I'm concerned, this whole room is contaminated with roach cooties.


World War I: perhaps from Malay kutu, denoting a parasitic biting insect.

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