A cougar cannot be defined simply, as one cannot consciously seek out a cougar. One can only prepare him/herself to confirm a positive cougar sighting by familiarizing themselves with the common signs/traits of a cougar. Many mistakenly fall back on their general knowledge of cougars to incorrectly confirm and report a cougar encounter. Those who are commonly sighted in public and misidentified are usually not actual cougars but are their more familiar and far less cunning cousin- the puma. Cougars are always on the prowl for a new mate and are seasoned in their tactics to not be easily identified, as they served many years as a bobcat gaining experience prior to attaining their seasoned cougar status. If you feel the presence of a cougar on the prowl you may instinctively experience a chill down your spine. It is advisable to shy away and avoid falling prey to the attack. When drinking it is good prevention to have a wingman that honors the Sheppard’s rule to not let you leave the herd or the watering hole without their approval.

Three common flaws in the cougar’s camouflage:

1. She knows a lot of your acquaintances and they tend to have positive initial individual reactions to seeing her, but quickly shy away when they realize they are in the herd. (Cougars are known to prey upon many animals in the same herd that generally enjoy the experience but fear publicly admitting the encounter, as falling prey to a cougar scars the reputation.)

2. Despite her ability to fit in by wearing the current fashion, during conversation about current popular music or TV culture she may make references of many retro or historical topics that you may or may not have some basic knowledge of. (Cougars are generally fifteen or more years older than they appear in a dimly lit bar or club and generally prey upon victims substantially younger than they are.)

3. Cougars tend to have trophy toys to entice their prey such as expensive sports cars, hot tubs, expensive homes, etc. which are products of their years of success in their careers. (These luxuries are not easily afforded during the more youthful period that preceded becoming a cougar.)

Bear in mind, once a cougar on the prowl has cornered you, separated you from the herd and pounced, you too will likely not publicly admit to the encounter.
Famous outed Cougars: Demi Moore (Ashton=victim), Naomi Watts (Heath Ledger=victim) Joan Collins, Cameron Diaz, Cher (countless victims…)
by David Corpus January 15, 2008
An attractive middle-aged woman who is fit, active, confident, independent, somewhat bohemian and not yet brain dead who is attracted to younger men because most of the available men her age are opinionated lazy slugs with beer guts.
Girlfriend #1 to Girlfriend #2: "Why can't you find someone older? What's up with you and these younger guys? "
Girlfriend #2 to Girlfriend #1: "Have you seen what's out there?!"
Girlfriend #1 to Girlfriend #2: "You're getting the reputation for being a COUGAR."
Girlfriend #2 to Girlfriend #1: "Yeah. So. And your point is?"
by Ruthie Again September 14, 2008
An older woman who has nothing going on with her life. In her 40's and up, she's bored to death with her day job, has NO children, or a husband, or a career. Just an old maid who has to get some carnal satisfaction from a young guy. Extremely desperate. And when she uses up the poor fellow of every drop of abuse, she's on to the next one. These type of individuals are sad as hell.
Jody: (thinking out loud) oh god, I hate my job and I don't have a boyfriend to hang with to give me company. I am so horny. I KNOW, I'll go to that hot nightclub & pick up some idiot young guy. (checking herself out in the mirror) I'm still hot, still got a look of 22 years old, but I gotta tuck in this belly. Or maybe I can go post an ad on Craigslist & find some little boys to fuck me. YEAH that's better than the clubs. I think I will do that. These 20something girls got nothing on me. The cougar trend is IN.
by i. rathernotsay October 16, 2014
Older woman, generally mid-30's or above, who attempts to sleep with younger men. Cougars are generally skanky and promiscuous, and therefore likely to have STD's. Their predation is generally due to their inability to secure a permanent relationship with a man their own age (or older), and generally reflects a form of desperation, premised on the usually vain hope that the horny, indiscriminate nature of the younger male will lead to at least temporary companionship. Known for animal prints, heavy makeup, emaciation and/or obesity, and a deluded view of self.

Not to be confused with a MILF, who is an attractive, genuine, healthy, well-preserved older woman over 30 (or 40) who younger men genuinely want to be with. The key difference is that the cougar pursues younger men, generally unsuccessfully, while the MILF is actively desired by men of all ages, but is more likely to already be in a committed relationship, due to her appeal.
That drunk cougar has been all over me all night, and won't leave me alone. Wish that MILF or her hot daughter would step in and run interference for me.
by jake777 September 30, 2014
Women who are over the age of 40 and pursue sexual relations/commitment with men in their twenties or thirties. However, they are successfully established and does not need a man to provide for them. They seek a partner who can keep up with their stamina.
Sandra Bullock (38) who dated Ryan Gosling (22) is considered a Cougar.
by cheyenne pearlheart June 11, 2014
Typically approaching the age of 25, will frequent at nightclubs where her toy boy target will also be present. Prime tactic is to lure the target into sharing a drink before binning it on to the target, making them consume the drink very quickly, making them feel dizzy and vulnerable. At this point the cougar pounces.
The cougar made her move last night
by Christophjones January 14, 2014
A hot older woman. Older woman must be hot to be a cougar.
Matt spent the entire night hitting on the divorced cougars in the corner last Saturday.
by rschipdaddy October 19, 2013
A woman 35 and older who is capable of gaining the attention of cubs (men 18-29 years of age). While some Cougars are actively seeking relationships with cubs, others simply like the idea of staying sexy and knowing that they could catch a cub if they wanted to.
Wow, Denise Richards (Kate Beckensale, Salma Hayek, Jada Pinkett, Elle Macpherson, Gwen Stefani, etc.) is one hot Cougar!
by Cougar Sisterhood April 16, 2012

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