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Twee spelende tijgers. — Two playing tigers.

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From Middle Dutch tiger, from Old French tigre, from Latin tigris.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛi̯ɣər/
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  • Hyphenation: tij‧ger
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯ɣər


tijger m (plural tijgers, diminutive tijgertje n, feminine tijgerin)

  1. A tiger, Panthera tigris [from 13th c. (Middle Dutch)]
  2. (Suriname) A jaguar, Panthera onca [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: gevlekte tijger, jaguar
  3. (Suriname) A puma, cougar, Puma concolor
    Synonyms: bergleeuw, poema, rode tijger
  4. (South Africa, obsolete) A leopard, panther, Panthera pardus [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: luipaard, panter
  5. (figuratively) A fast-growing or prosperous, usually Asian economy; usually located in East Asia or Southeast Asia but formerly also used for Ireland.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Afrikaans: tier
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: tigri