Meaning of cougar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkuːɡə/

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  • 1A large American wild cat with a plain tawny to greyish coat, found from Canada to Patagonia.

    Also called mountain lion, puma

    Felis concolor, family Felidae

    ‘Their predators include great horned owls, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and foxes, so wariness is in their blood.’
    • ‘This was not an African lion but an American mountain lion also known as a cougar or puma, a cat the size of a leopard that was once rare and considered virtually harmless.’
    • ‘Since the early 1990s, researchers have been applying the technique to spectacled bears, cougars, foxes, pine martens, chimpanzees, gorillas, and many other species.’
    • ‘In Lake County there have been several sightings of a cougar or mountain lion.’
    • ‘Borrowing a method used to study human demographics, he and his colleagues took samples from 352 cougars in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and Canada.’
    • ‘Grizzly bears, cougars, owls, woodland caribou and elk live there.’
    • ‘In 2001, two weeks after the state had announced that a few wild cougars might be present, a run-in between car and cougar provided wildlife officials with the first tangible evidence of the cat's existence.’
    • ‘Over the past 18 months the Cougar Network has documented 21 cougars in nine midwestern U.S. states and one Canadian province.’
    • ‘Knowing how and where cougars travel and thrive is important to maintaining a healthy cougar population, experts say.’
    • ‘But except for the Florida felines, as far as one can tell, wild cougars no longer live east of the Mississippi.’
    • ‘I didn't think anything of it at the time but there were grizzly bears, cougars and who knows what else.’
    • ‘When Europeans settled South Dakota they considered cougars dangerous pests.’
    • ‘Except for mating pairs, or mothers with kittens, cougars travel alone, hunting roughly a deer a week to survive.’
    • ‘The island is home to few natural predators (the occasional cougar or midget black bear).’
    • ‘The massive stone avalanche fell on the scurrying cougar, and forced the big cat to take refuge in the canyon.’
    • ‘Its not unusual for people to see bears, and even cougars, on Burnaby Mountain.’
    • ‘I've trudged through waist deep snow up an Idaho mountain after a cougar.’
    • ‘A bobcat is another wild cat, about half the size of a cougar, with a stubby tail rather than a long one.’
    • ‘Central to this proposition is the recovery of existing top predators such as grizzlies, cougars, and wolves.’
    • ‘She was the only cougar that lived in the Endless Woods, because cougars were extremely rare in those parts.’
  • 2 informal An older woman seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man.

    • ‘I met a few cougars at the Baron on Main on Friday night.’
    • ‘It would seem that Brad's mom Paula (Sissy Spacek, Carrie) is also quite the cougar.’
    • ‘And with the greater power and freedom that today's women enjoy, cougars are becoming an increasingly common phenomenon.’
    • ‘She's easily 20 years older than you but she's drinking a Shirley Temple and she's pretty tarted-up, pretty hot - a bona fide cougar.’
    • ‘It really shocks me that people still think I'm sexy—I get younger men thinking I am some sort of cougar.’


Late 18th century from French couguar, abbreviation of modern Latin cuguarcarana, from Guarani guaçuarana.