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n. Slang
A body louse.

[Probably from Malay kutu.]
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(Animals) US and NZ a slang name for the body louse. Also called (NZ): kutu See louse1
[C20: perhaps from Malay or Māori kutu louse]
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(ˈku ti)

n. Informal.
a body louse.
[1910–15; perhaps < Malay kutu]
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Colloquial for head louse.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cootie - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beingscootie - a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings
louse, sucking louse - wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals
genus Pediculus, Pediculus - type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans
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n (US inf) → Laus f
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Another Du Quoin doughboy has arrived back home after months of service in France, where he experienced all the pleasantries and unpleasantries of trench life, including mud, rain, and cooties. Charles Novak of the 47th Coast Artillery has returned from the battlefields and has been visiting the past week with Mrs.
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Refusing an offer of food could reflect disinterest in that food or concern about "cooties." Impulsivity, immature problem-solving skills, difficulty managing feelings, limited perspective-taking ability, following the crowd or just experimenting with social power are all factors that could lead kids to do mean things.
They can't call their places of worship mosques, they can't quote the Quran on their gravestones and evidently now they can't buy jewelry either, because a shopkeeper is obviously afraid of getting some non-believer cooties.
But more of the toys featured at Toy Story Land are real toys from the mid '40s through the '60s, including Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Tinker Toys, Etch-A-Sketch, Barrel of Monkeys, Cooties and Slinky Dog.
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Don't touch that dumpster, darling, you'll catch cooties Huh?
Suppose, Kraus invites us to imagine, you are a waify Jewish girl who does not think she is pretty and whom other kids think has cooties and smells bad--and does smell bad because her parents don't notice how often she bathes and do not trouble themselves to buy her nice clothes.
You know, the aircraft the Trudeau team won't touch because it got the cooties from Team Harper?
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apparently radiating cooties and so excluded from the back-slapping stories of building mass spectrometers during the good old days." Such storytelling serves a greater purpose than catching up with old friends; it is a lifeline for young scientists who otherwise might fall victim to imposter syndrome, believing that a failed experiment validates their internal doubts about their abilities as a scientist.
To be fair, this was usually outside Pakistan where everyone looks at smokers like they've got cooties. I haven't actually been to a place where it is easier to light up than Pakistan, whether inside or outside a building.