cougar

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Etymology[edit]

French cougar, from Brazilian Portuguese suçuarana, perhaps from Tupian (suasuarana ‎(deerlike animal), from suasú ‎(deer); compare sɨwasuarána ‎(cervine)) or perhaps form Guaraní (guaçuara).[1]

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkuːɡə/, [ˈkʰuːɡə]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkuɡɚ/, [ˈkʰuɡɚ]

Noun[edit]

cougar ‎(plural cougars)

  1. A mountain lion; Puma concolor.
  2. (Canada, US, slang) A woman of middle age who actively seeks the casual, often sexual, companionship of younger men, typically less than 35 years old; by implication a female “sexual predator”.
    A cougar approached Warren at the Palomino Club and asked for a dance.

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  • (middle-aged woman who seeks younger partners): manther

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References[edit]

  1. ^ cougar” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.