Definition of cootie in US English:



North American
  • 1A body louse.

    1. 1.1US A children's term for an imaginary germ or repellent quality transmitted by obnoxious or slovenly people.
      • ‘And little girls had cooties back then so I was very uninterested.’
      • ‘As far as I'm concerned, this whole room is contaminated with roach cooties.’
      • ‘Cliff, I met you when I was at that age where boys had cooties and anyone who touched them got them.’
      • ‘One, you forgive me - I was acting like a stupid ten-year-old concerned with cooties.’
      • ‘They had been best friends since they were five, briefly had a period where they had thought the other had cooties, become friends again, dated, fallen out, become friends again and had arrived here.’
      • ‘‘Ewww,’ I said like a 5 year old girl who believes she just got cooties.’
      • ‘Soon after they were lost to the belief in cooties.’
      • ‘I mean, my only boyfriend had been a fifth grader, and at that age, cooties were still a rampant impediment between boy-girl relationships.’
      • ‘And in appropriate prepubescent fashion, Taylor had rejected her kind offer, eschewing all girlish people as incarnations of the devil themselves; ready to cast their spell of cooties all over his body.’
      • ‘And so the cooties and the cootie carriers were the enemy, otherwise labeled as ‘yucky.’’
      • ‘They boys jumped off the bed, not wanting girl cooties.’
      • ‘You know, the one where the opposite sex has cooties?’
      • ‘I'd have preferred to be stuck in that age again, where boys were seen for what they really were, germs and cooties.’
      • ‘And what would make you think that boys have cooties?’
      • ‘I was across the playground when it happened because when you're in fourth grade girls still have cooties.’
      • ‘‘He doesn't,’ Shelley said firmly, ‘Besides, don't you think boys have cooties?’’
      • ‘Oh, and you finally don't feel stupid talking to boys, and you're pretty sure that they don't have cooties.’
      • ‘Then she timidly put forth the question that was bothering her: ‘Aren't you afraid of getting cooties?’’
      • ‘After all, she would hang out with guys, who, to me, still had cooties.’
      • ‘They're just a bunch of stupid boys, anyway,’ she said with all the defiance of a small girl who still believed in cooties.’


First World War: perhaps from Malay kutu, denoting a parasitic biting insect.