from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Western U.S. See mountain lion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mountain lion; Puma concolor.
- n. A woman of middle age who actively seeks the casual, often sexual, companionship of younger males, typically less than 35 years old; by implication a “sexual predator”.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American feline quadruped (Felis concolor), resembling the African panther in size and habits. Its color is tawny, without spots; hence writers often called it the American lion. Called also puma, panther, mountain lion, and catamount. See puma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large concolorous feline carnivorous quadruped peculiar to America, Felis concolor, belonging to the family Felidæ and order Feræ.
- n. Several species and subspecies of cougar have been recognized by naturalists, the Florida animal being known as Felis coryi and that from the northwest coast region as F. oregonensis. The southern form retains the name F. concolor: the type locality for this species is Brazil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large American feline resembling a lion
The trend has become so prevalent that the term "cougar" is now a commonly used colloquialism.
Additionally, 6% of respondents found the term "cougar" offensive to women; 4% found it offensive to men.
The term cougar doesn't really seem to be about an age difference than it does about how you feel about yourself.
Some women will be given the label cougar as early as 25, though I have most commonly seen it used to reference women who are 35 plus.
As Rebecca Traister writes on Salon. com: "Is it possible that women who embrace the term cougar don't know they're being laughed at?"
COSTELLO: Linda Kaplan Thaler says maybe it's time women demanded the term cougar be changed to "sophisticat".
COSTELLO: Linda Kaplan Thaler says maybe it ` s time women demanded the term cougar be changed to sophisti-cat.
As Rebecca Traister writes on Salon. com, is it possible that women who embrace the term cougar don ` t know they ` re being laughed at?
The term "cougar" is often informally used to reference an older woman seeking a sexual or romantic relationship with a significantly younger man.
"I don't know about in the UK but in America a lot of people don't like the term cougar,"