What Does COUGAR Mean in a Text?

A COUGAR is the term used for an older woman (typically in her 40s) seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man. The word COUGAR tends not to be used in a derogatory way. In fact, it carries a connotation of the woman being sexy, if a little predatory. COUGAR is one of several animal-related terms that have emerged to describe the age difference between male and female partners. For example:

Image for COUGAR

When I write COUGAR, I mean this:

meaning of COUGAR

The image shows a woman (the "cougar") with a younger man.

Summary of Key Points

"Older Woman Hunting a Younger Man" is the most common definition for COUGAR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Older Woman Hunting a Younger Man
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of COUGAR in Sentences

Here is an example of COUGAR being used in a conversation:
  • Charlie: Is that John's new girlfriend?
  • Jordan: Yes, she's a real COUGAR.
  • Charlie: Lucky John!

An Academic Look at COUGAR

The word COUGAR typically plays the role of a noun, but it is occasionally seen as an adjective. For example:
  • I need a one-night stand with a COUGAR.
  • (Here, COUGAR is a noun.)
  • You need some COUGAR action, mate.
  • (Although rare, COUGAR can also be used as an adjective.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "an experienced mistress" instead of COUGAR.

Example of COUGAR Used in a Text


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