Unspecified but perceptible faults or deficiencies ranging from undesirable personality characteristics and poor hygiene habits to bacterial germs; used by preadolescent children to tease or impugn their peers, and occasionally by adults, usually with humorous overtones.
Used in the plural
Perhaps from an early dice game of the same name "KOOTIE", whose object was assembling a repulsive looking insect of plastic parts; consciousness of this term and notion is ubiquitous among those raised in the United States
1. I don't want to play with Johhny---he has kooties!
2. That was when I still thought girls had kooties.
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