A cougar cannot be defined in a simple definition. One cannot consciously seek out a cougar. One can only prepare himself/herself for confirming the positive identity of a cougar by familiarizing himself/herself with the common signs/traits of the cougar. Once one instinctively feels the potential presence of a cougar on the prowl, he/she can fall back on what he/she knows about cougars in general to positively confirm and report a cougar sighting.

Here are the most common signs/traits that your instincts may have accurately identified a cougar nearby:
1. A single woman over 30 appears to be at least 51 months older than she is biologically.
2. A single woman over 30 is talking to your 25 year-old ass about tunes on "Pyromania" and you're able to keep the conversation rolling with your knowledge of "The Vault" and interest in her white high-tops.
3. A single woman over 30 is overheard talking to a group of college men about how she used to date a college guy when she was in 7th grade because the color of his Camaro was the same as her back pocket comb.

So, how does one warn/notify a buddy that he may be talking with a cougar? Whisper into his ear, "Easy cougar, you're doin' fine." (See Top Gun)

Other searches for information on the positive identification of a cougar:
Zoo Cougar
Foggie Benning
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
"Geez, Connor, that gal you were just talking to is only 31 but she looks 43...and look at those high-tops...and that comb!"

"Yeah, I know Dwayne, and she's still single!"

"Connor, she could be cougar."

"Yes Dwayne, yes she is."
by Moondog Rychart December 30, 2003
A Cougar is a woman of a certain age which ranges between 35-50yrs who is extremely sexy, preferably single, and interested in having sexual relations with younger men and/or women.
Courtney Cox plays a Cougar on the show Cougartown.
by mont-gogo April 14, 2011
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
The cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. It is the second heaviest cat in the New World, after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although sightings during daylight hours do occur. The cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat (subfamily Felinae), than to any subspecies of lion (subfamily Pantherinae), of which only the jaguar is native to the Western Hemisphere.
Shot some cougars last night.
by Samurai Shaq May 31, 2015
Any female who pursues a younger partner, male or female, of ANY amount younger. Enjoys being slightly older, even if it's just a couple years. A female that enjoys the chase, so to speak, and the capture of a younger (even if justby a few years) partner.
Hey man, check out the cougar over there, it's donna, and she's totally sitting next to another one, bridget. They totally like younger chicks/dudes. Damn, cougaring it up. Oh that derek, he doesnt know a cougar when he sees one.
by averysmartgenius January 14, 2015
A term originating from the adult film industry. The term is intended to differentiate between an older woman who has sexual relations with younger men who are not mothers from those who do have children, aka M.I.L.F.s. To put it simply, the terms are not interchangeable, an older woman can be one or the other, but not both. In other words, a woman of the appropriate age can either be a Cougar or a MILF, being she either is, or is not, a mom.
Mr. Jone's wife is such a cougar! I'd love to give her some kids and make her a MILF!
by SubFT October 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
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

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