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
A mature woman old enough to be the mother of a high schooler, typically age 40 and older that like the company of a younger man, single or divorced, a woman who prefers to hunt rather than be hunted. Cougars are sick of guys whose sole peak of happiness is a remote and someone to wait on him. Contrary to popular belief, cougars have evolved. They are still hot enough to get a younger man and younger men are always on the prowl for cougars so younger women, you should be worried. Cougars are attractive, who know what they want and aren't afraid to go after it. They are hot, classy, groomed to perfection. They seek younger men, and don't have to sneak up and attack...they know their younger mates are eager to get an experienced woman. Being a cougar is a positive thing.
That cougar is hot!
by kmiller32 January 25, 2010
A woman who pursues significantly younger men.
Tiffany always goes after younger guys and is therefore a cougar.
by P Roz April 16, 2009
A very attractive woman over the age of 40.
Diane Lane and Kelly Preston are definitely cougars.
by Ejaculator July 21, 2008
In this year of 2005, other young guys out there will agree with me. A cougar is a smoking hot woman usually 30+ who is far better looking than guys her own age. When she's at the bar or nightclub, she'll find that certain younger hard body that she knows will rock her world that night....and he knows he'll get the same from her. For the most part - a cougar is a delicious experience....ENJOY!!
Jacqueline Bisset was a famous cougar - beautiful and predatory
by hardbody August 30, 2005
An older woman who likes to date/mate with younger men.
Earl and his friend tried to avoid making eye contact with the chain-smoking cougar at the other end of the bar.
by Anonymous February 19, 2003
a women whom perfers younger men
amber schultz is a cougar
by james the awesome August 08, 2010
Hot and sexy older woman, usually in her 40’s or 50’s, single or married, who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male. The cougar can frequently be seen in a padded bra, cleavage exposed, propped up against a bar waiting, watching, calculating; gearing up to sink her claws into an innocent young and strapping buck who happens to cross her path. True cougars are classy, beautiful creatures and are real head turners. Man is cougar's number one prey!
Cougar Formula: Younger Age < Older Age/2 + 7
by m99 October 10, 2009

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