Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A leopard.
  • n. A person who is very athletic during intercourse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering.
  • n. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered
  • n. a fierce or audacious person

Etymologies

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)
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)

Examples

  • The profits for selling tiger bone wine to China\'s nouveau riche are so vast that now African lions are killed and smuggled into China in order to supply \ "mock tiger\" for the wineries.

    Jan McGirk: Herding Big Cats Won't Save the Wild Tiger

  • The definition of tiger does not tell us the meaning of the word ˜tiger™; it tells us what it is to be a tiger, what a tiger is said to be in respect of itself.

    Aristotle's Metaphysics

  • When a man sees his friend in the grasp of a tiger, he does not drop his levelled gun on the plea of charity _to the tiger_.

    Robin Tremayne A Story of the Marian Persecution

  • New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweeted, "I'm awed by Wendi Murdoch taking down Rupert's attacker," and former CBS news anchor Katie Couric tweeted that Deng gave a "whole new meaning to the term tiger mother."

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  • "Wow, Wendi Murdoch giving whole new meaning to the term tiger mother ... insanity!"

    NYT > Home Page

  • Once Parker used the word tiger in a surprising way: Each door we opened was crucial.

    The Sacred Promise

  • Naturally, I prefer "blogress" with its obvious link with the word "tigress" (the tiger is my sign in Chinese astrology).

    A seriously unimportant jokey posting

  • If you look at these stripes in here, what we call tiger stripes, when we flew over them, all of a sudden we saw an increase in the temperature, which said that those stripes are warmer than the rest of the planet.

    Charles Elachi on the Mars Rovers

  • Agassi the tiger is the strong and steady tiger who won this event in 1994 and is the only active player to have won each Grand

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  • But once you had millions of documents with occurrences of the word "tiger," it was very difficult to make sense of the results and you needed ranking.

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