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cougar Line breaks: cou¦gar
Pronunciation: /ˈkuːɡə/

Definition of cougar in English:


1 North American term for puma.
Example sentences
  • Their predators include great horned owls, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and foxes, so wariness is in their blood.
  • This was not an African lion but an American mountain lion also known as a cougar or puma, a cat the size of a leopard that was once rare and considered virtually harmless.
  • Since the early 1990s, researchers have been applying the technique to spectacled bears, cougars, foxes, pine martens, chimpanzees, gorillas, and many other species.
2 informal An older woman seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man.
Example sentences
  • I met a few cougars at the Baron on Main on Friday night.
  • I'm much more relaxed if a girl starts the conversation, and usually only cougars will go and hit on guys.
  • It would seem that Brad's mom Paula (Sissy Spacek, Carrie) is also quite the cougar.


Late 18th century: from French couguar, abbreviation of modern Latin cuguarcarana, from Guarani guaçuarana.

Words that rhyme with cougar

beluga, Kaluga, Kruger, Luger
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