Cougar



[koo-ger] /ˈku gər/

noun, plural cougars (especially collectively) cougar.
1.
Also called mountain lion, panther, puma. a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
2.
Informal. an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with much younger men:
He’s in his twenties, but he prefers cougars in their forties and fifties to young women his own age.
/ˈkuːɡə/
noun
1.
another name for puma
2.
(US & Canadian, slang) a woman in her 30s or 40s who actively pursues casual sexual relationships with young men
n.

1774, from French couguar, Buffon’s adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu “deer” + rana “false.” Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of “older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners” is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.

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