a head or body louse. The word was orig-inally armed-forces slang, from the Polynesian kuty, meaning 'parasite'.
► 'Here you are.
► No, not if it has cooties on it.
► I don't have cooties!' (Roseanne, US TV comedy series, 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • cootie — body lice, 1917, British World War I slang, earlier in nautical use, said to be from Malay kutu dog tick …   Etymology dictionary

  • cootie — [ko͞ot′ē] n. [Brit WWI army slang, earlier a seaman s term < Malay kutu, dog tick] Slang a louse …   English World dictionary

  • cootie — noun Etymology: perhaps modification of Malay kutu Date: 1917 body louse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • cootie — noun a) A louse. I’m not drinking from his glass until I wash the cooties off it. b) Any germs or contaminants, real or imagined, especially germs from the opposite gender (for pre pubescent children). Syn: boy germ, girl germ …   Wiktionary

  • cootie — coo·tie küt ē n BODY LOUSE …   Medical dictionary

  • Cootie — (US) head louse …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • cootie — Australian Slang (US) head louse …   English dialects glossary

  • cootie — n A body louse. I wouldn t go out with him; they say he hascooties. 1910s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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