Why are some older women called cougars?

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Posted on Dec. 5th, 2008

Urban Dictionary has some good definitions for the term (q.v. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cougar), but I can only speculate on the etymology. I assume it comes from the cougar's predilection for pouncing on "fresh meat," but why "cougar" and not "shark" or "chickenhawk?" I couldn't tell ya. At least part of it is probably because of the perception of most cats (other than shaggy lions) as more "female," together with the fact that female big cats are documented to share the hunting responsibilities of a pride, rather than relying on the males as many species do.


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Posted on Dec. 3rd, 2008

A cougar is an older woman who stalks her prey, a much younger male. Generally applied to those looking for a boy-toy.

The origin appears to be a dating site called cougardate.com (http://thestar.com.my/english/story.asp?file=/2007/10/17/lifefocus/19059904&sec=lifefocus).

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