YOU may have heard the term cougar being used to describe a woman, but what does it mean? Forget the wild cat breed commonly found in North America, this is what this dating term is referring to. Simply put, a cougar is an older woman who seeks a relationship or sex with significantly younger men. The origin of the phrase is unclear, but it is thought to have started in Canada, and later became an established term by dating website cougardate. Famous women who have been classed as cougars in the past include Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Madonna and Mariah Carey, and even the likes of Cleopatra. Some apply it to women who pursue sexual relationships with men who are over eight years younger than them.
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Cougar is slang for a woman who seeks sexual activity with significantly younger men. The origin of the word cougar as a slang term is debated, but it is thought to have originated in Western Canada and first appeared in print on the Canadian dating website Cougardate. The term has been variously applied to women who pursue sexual relations with men more than eight years younger than they are,  and to women over the age of 40 who aggressively pursue sexual relations with men in their 20s or 30s. A British psychological study published in Evolution and Human Behavior asserted that men and women, in general, continue to follow traditional gender roles when searching for mates, and thus concluded that the posited "cougar phenomenon" does not exist, or more precisely, exists but is rare. The study found that most men preferred younger, physically attractive women, while most women, of any age, preferred successful, established men their age or older.
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An example of a cougar is Demi Moore who, for many years, was married to Ashton Kutcher who was several years younger than Demi. A cougar approached Warren at the Palomino Club and asked for a dance. The Mexican cougar Felis hippolestes aztecus is found in the west.
Last edited on Dec 26 Submitted by Rolf S. Don't look now, but there's a cougar sitting behind you. See more words with the same meaning: attractive female.