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a. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera tigris) of Asia, having a tawny coat with transverse black stripes.
b. Any of various similar wild felines, such as the jaguar, mountain lion, or lynx.
2. A person regarded as aggressive, audacious, or fierce.

[Middle English tigre, from Old English tigras, tigers, and from Old French tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

ti′ger·ish adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tigerish - resembling a tiger in fierceness and lack of mercy; "a tigerish fury"
merciless, unmerciful - having or showing no mercy; "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"


[ˈtaɪgərɪʃ] ADJ (fig) → salvaje, feroz
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From Leicester's kick-off he tigerishly won back possession to give himself a free run on Schmeichel's goal.
But Kohli's aggression and positivity ensured that India came out and fought tigerishly on the second, conceding just 197 runs while taking six wickets.
The draw was enough to take the Saints into third spot, on the same points as the second placed Met, and three points adrift of leaders Llandudno, The students were up for the battle in front of a fervent crowd, battling tigerishly throughout to thwart their visitors.
The visitors were the better side from the off but with Didier Ndong starting brilliantly in Sunderland's midfield - tackling tigerishly, intercepting at a level beyond his footballing reading age and threading some wonderfully measured passes - the hosts ought to have opened the scoring.
Ryan But Warwickshire, winless so far this season and cast adrift at the bottom of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table, fought back tigerishly after Chris Woakes marked his return from a two-month injury absence by taking a wicket with his fifth ball and two for 25 in a six-over new-ball spell.
De Roon made an impact as Boro pushed hard for an equaliser, looking comfortable in possession and tackling tigerishly to unsettle a Palace midfield that had looked relatively comfortable and composed up to that point of the game.
Houghton and her team-mates earned their crack at the holders after establishing a quick-fire two-goal lead and then defending it tigerishly as Canada, coached John Herdman, from Consett, launched a fightback.
The Reds boss felt his side could have been awarded two spot-kicks in a keenly-contested tie at Anfield in which the Sky Bet Championship side defended tigerishly to secure a replay at Ewood Park.
What would have been to his liking was the way United fought tigerishly for their prize, which cost them Phil Jones to a second-half injury.
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KNOCKFIERNA had to be tigerishly tough to complete a hat-trick with victory in the featured Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle as Limerick belatedly began its Christmas festival.