Definition of cootie in English:

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cootie

Pronunciation: /ˈko͞odē/

noun

North American informal
1.1A children’s term for an imaginary germ or repellent quality transmitted by obnoxious or slovenly people.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with cootie

agouti, beauty, booty, cutie, Djibouti, duty, fluty, rooty, snooty, tutti-frutti

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Syllabification: coot·ie

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