American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera tigris) of Asia, having a tawny coat with transverse black stripes.
- n. Any of various similar wild felines, such as the jaguar, mountain lion, or lynx.
- n. A person regarded as aggressive, audacious, or fierce.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In poker, a hand which is seven high and deuce low, without a pair, sequence, or flush. When played, it beats a straight and loses to a flush. Sometimes called a little dog.
- n. In Central and South America the jaguar, Felis onca, whoso black and yellow coat suggests the Asiatic tiger.
- n. A feline quadruped, Felis tigris or Tigris regalis, one of the two largest living cats (the other being the lion), of the family Felidæ. The tiger is beautifully striped with black and tawny yellow; it has no mane. The female, when distinguished, is called
tigress. The tiger inhabits southern Asia and some of the larger islands belonging to that continent, having there the same position that the lion has in Africa. The tiger attains his full development in India, the name Bengal tiger being used as synonymous with those specimens which appear as the most typical and most powerful representatives of the species. In habits the tiger is far more active and agile than the lion, and exhibits a large amount of fierce cunning. He generally selects as his lair a concealed spot near a watercourse, whence to spring upon the animals that approach to drink. His tread through the thick jungle is stealthy, and he appears to avoid rather than court danger, unless when brought to bay, when he turns an appalling front to the foe. Tigers do not generally attack man, but in some cases they seem to acquire a special liking for human prey, and boldly approach villages for the purpose of securing it; such are known as man-eaters (see man-eater, 2). In some districts the loss of human life is enough to become a matter of official statistics. The natives destroy them by traps, pits, poisoned arrows, and other means. Tiger-hunting is a favorite Indian sport. It is pursued generally by Europeans, the tiger being shot from the back of an elephant. When taken young the tiger can be tamed, and tigers thus domesticated are not rarely to be seen in India.
- n. The thylacine dasyure, or tiger-wolf: so called from the stripes. See thylacine (with cut).
- n. A person of a fierce, bloodthirsty disposition.
- n. A dissolute swaggering dandy; a ruffling blade; a swaggerer; a hector; a bully; a mohawk.
- n. A groom who goes out with the equipage of his master—that is, with the dog-cart, curricle, cab, or other vehicle driven by the master himself, his duty being to take care of the equipage when the master has left the box.
- n. An additional cheer; “one more” (often the word tiger): as, three cheers and a tiger.
- n. In sugarmanuf., a tank with a perforated bottom, through which the molasses escapes.
- n. A bug of the family Tingitidæ: translating the French name.
- n. A fabulous bird. See the extract.
- n. Panthera tigris, a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.
- n. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress
- n. South Africa A leopard.
- n. US, slang A person who is very athletic during intercourse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also
royal tiger, and Bengal tiger.
- n. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
- n. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
- n. Colloq. U. S. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering.
- n. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
- n. large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered.
- n. a fierce or audacious person
- From Middle English tygre, in part from Old English tigras (pl.), in part from Anglo-Norman tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Ancient Greek τίγρις (tígris), from Iranian (compare Avestan tigri ("arrow"), tiγra ("pointed")). More at stick. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tigre, from Old English tigras, tigers, and from Old French tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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