cootie : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings

  • During World War I the cootie was a joke to many people who had never been bitten by one.
  • Three hundred years ago experimental medicine, then in its formative stage, recognized that the body louse ("cootie") carried typhus fever from one person to another.
  • Given the thankless task of watching over troops on leave, rounding up stragglers during battle, the Military Police got in the soldiers' hair as incessantly as the cootie.

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