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
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"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."
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A woman that goes after younger men. Rawr.
Dude, i did this cougar and she's a total MILF!
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A distinguished species of older females who seek the company of younger males whilst avoiding the entanglements of a relationship, in favor of a lack of restrictions.

The cougar woman has overcome society’s proscribed behavior for women’s sexual behavior. Thus, she embraces her true self and lives her life to the fullest. She know what she wants and isn’t afraid to hunt for it!

There are several species of cougars, but an insatiable sexual appetite and a lack of interest in marriage and other conventional romantic institutions are common to all.
Man, check out the Cougar by the bar, she’s like way hotter than your mom.
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Cougar refers to an older woman, in their 40's and early 50's who's youthful looks are beginning to fade or are almost faded. Cougars tend to be sexually interested in younger men in their 20's or mid 30's since their libidos are more evenly matched. Cougars, being older and wiser are often financially stable and pursue men more for their boyish charm and stamina and less for their income level, career or ego. Cougars love the attention and passionate thrill of an uncomplicated sexually intense relationship that younger men tend to offer.
The slang term Cougar has become popularized by TV comedies such as 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother (episode "Aldrin Justice"), the movie Ocean's Thirteen, The Graduate (Though the term Cougar is not referenced, the character "Mrs. Robinson" is an example of a Cougar) and the NBC reality TV show Age of Love. Famous Cougars include... Demi and Ashton, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
by WJK4671 January 04, 2008

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A woman over 40 that still managed to keep her figure, knows how to have multiple orgasms, has a husband that cant keep up with her sexual appetite so she is forced to look for satisfaction among younger men that are more than willing to get her off as many times as she wants. She will give the best head you ever had and you will be begging for me. Her stupid husband is over worked and under paid and in love with his job more than his wife. This forces the cougar to hunt.
Hot older woman on the prowl for sexual satisfaction is a cougar!
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Cougar: N. 1. An older woman that is still totally hot and may or may not be down for the cause.
2. A milf but more seasoned.
That fucking fifty year old from those Bowflex commercials is a super cougar.
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Overview:In Western Canada, cougar is an unflattering word used to describe a middle-aged woman who prowls the bars in search of younger men. Not to be confused with hooker, gold-digger or hootch.

Demographic: The cougar has typically been divorced or is a single mother who has had children at a very young age and is trying to relive her lost youth. Her occupation tends to be that of the pink collar variety: administrative assistant, government worker, or receptionist for oil-field equipment companies. They can also be sighted working for policing organizations because of easy access to fresh meat in the form of young recruits. The Western Candian Cougar loves men, and despises all women, especially young, better educated women whom she fears may steal her job. She sees her main role in the workplace as that of snitch and clock-watcher for the office manager, and never hesitates to tattle on truants or tardy co-workers. The Western Cougars can be seen at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm, smoking in groups outside of any office building, glaring at passerby and simpering for any passing men.

Dress: The Western Canadian cougar dresses in cheap, tight clothing bought in the Juniors department of Stitches or the Garage Clothing Company. It is extremely important to the Western Canadian Cougar that she stills fits into Junior-sized clothing, as poorly-fitting and inappropriate as it may be because it proves that she still has her fabulous bod even after years of smoking, babies, and drinking.

Makeup: Consists of a hard scrawl of black eye-liner on both upper and lower lids, pink pearlescent lisptick, and wrinkles inadvertantly emphasized by a real or fake tan. This is a very important indicator for those observing the Western Canadian Cougar, in particular, lip wrinkles and pouchy eyes. The Western Canadian Cougar does not have easy access to plastic surgery, and such defects may be inexpertly camoflaged with bad bronzer and/or clotted concealer.

Hair colour: Predominantly blonde with black roots (although matte black or matte burgundy has also been spotted in some regions), over-processed and over-layered. Hair length is always long. Nails are usually square-tipped and French-manicured, however long, spoon-shaped, and coated with chipped silver polish is also a popular variant in some regions.

Accessories: The Western Canadian Cougar never leaves her house without her smokes, her cell phone, and a bottle of loud perfume such as Obsession, Shalimar, Poison, or Giorgio, lavishly applied regardless of occasion. The Western Canadian Cougar knows that there is no better cover-up for "bar smell" like a squirt of Giorgio applied in the women's washroom at intermission.

Prey: Young guys in voluminous quantity, any time, any where, but usually only for one night.

Habitat: Bars, offices, malls, trailer parks, high density housing developments, row housing.
Gawd, Helen in accounting is such a cougar: she got drunk at the support staff conference and went home with a 17 year-old guy she met at the hotel.
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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!
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