What does Tiger mean?

Definitions for Tiger
ˈtaɪ gərti·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tigernoun

    a fierce or audacious person

    "he's a tiger on the tennis court"; "it aroused the tiger in me"

  2. tiger, Panthera tigrisnoun

    large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered


  1. tigernoun

    Panthera tigris, a large carnivorous animal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.

  2. tigernoun

    A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress

  3. tigernoun

    A leopard.

  4. tigernoun

    A person who is very athletic during intercourse.

  5. Tigernoun

    someone connected with Hull City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  6. Etymology: From tygre, in part from tigras (pl.), in part from tigre, both from tigris, from τίγρις, from (compare Avestan,). More at stick.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tigernoun

    A fierce beast of the leonine kind.

    Etymology: tigre, Fr. tigris, Latin.

    When the blast of war blows in your ear,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger:
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
    The arm’d rhinoceros, or Hyrcanian tiger;
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find
    The harm of unskain’d swiftness will, too late,
    Tie leaden pounds to’s heels. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Tigris, in the medals of Trajan, is drawn like an old man, and by his side a tiger. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Has the steer,
    At whose strong chest the deadly tiger hangs,
    E’er plow’d for him. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. Tiger

    The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange-brown fur with a lighter underside. It is an apex predator, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally a solitary but social predator, requiring large contiguous areas of habitat, which support its requirements for prey and rearing of its offspring. Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years, before they become independent and leave their mother's home range to establish their own. The tiger was first scientifically described in 1758 and once ranged widely from the Eastern Anatolia Region in the west to the Amur River basin in the east, and in the south from the foothills of the Himalayas to Bali in the Sunda Islands. Since the early 20th century, tiger populations have lost at least 93% of their historic range and have been extirpated from Western and Central Asia, the islands of Java and Bali, and in large areas of Southeast and South Asia and China. Today, the tiger's range is fragmented, stretching from Siberian temperate forests to subtropical and tropical forests on the Indian subcontinent and Sumatra. The tiger is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. As of 2015, the global wild tiger population was estimated to number between 3,062 and 3,948 mature individuals, with most of the populations living in small isolated pockets. India currently hosts the largest tiger population. Major reasons for population decline are habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. Tigers are also victims of human–wildlife conflict, particularly in range countries with a high human population density. The tiger is among the most recognisable and popular of the world's charismatic megafauna. It featured prominently in the ancient mythology and folklore of cultures throughout its historic range, and continues to be depicted in modern films and literature, appearing on many flags, coats of arms and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and South Korea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tigernoun

    a very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal tiger

  2. Tigernoun

    fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person

  3. Tigernoun

    a servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress

  4. Tigernoun

    a kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger

  5. Tigernoun

    a pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar


  1. Tiger

    The tiger is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.3 m and weighing up to 306 kg. It is the third largest land carnivore. Its most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. It has exceptionally stout teeth, and the canines are the longest among living felids with a crown height of as much as 74.5 mm or even 90 mm. In zoos, tigers have lived for 20 to 26 years, which also seems to be their longevity in the wild. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey in the west to the eastern coast of Russia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, they range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps. The remaining six tiger subspecies have been classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated to number between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century, with most remaining populations occurring in small pockets isolated from each other. Major reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. The extent of area occupied by tigers is estimated at less than 1,184,911 km², a 41% decline from the area estimated in the mid-1990s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tiger

    tī′gėr, n. a fierce and rapacious feline quadruped, nearly as large as a lion: the jaguar: a servant in livery who rides with his master: a swaggering bully, a low ruffian: (U.S.) one more cheer after a round of cheers: a tiger-beetle:—fem. Tī′gress.—ns. Ti′ger-bee′tle, a cicindela; Tī′ger-cat, a wild-cat: the margay, ocelot, and serval; Tī′ger-flow′er, a Mexican plant cultivated in flower-gardens for its streaked flowers.—adjs. Tī′ger-foot′ed (Shak.), hastening to devour, fierce and rapacious; Tī′gerish, like a tiger in disposition.—ns. Tī′gerism; Tī′ger-lil′y, a species of lily with spotted flowers; Tī′ger-moth, any one of the Arctiidæ, whose larvæ are called woolly bears; Tī′ger-wolf, a name given to the spotted hyena and to the Thylacine.—adj. Tī′grine, like a tiger. [Fr. tigre—L. tigris—Gr. tigris—Zend. tighri, an arrow, whence the river Tigris.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tiger

    A type of animal.

    Some countries around the world have a tiger that lives in their natural habitat, others keep and care for them in a zoo.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2017  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Tiger' in Nouns Frequency: #2517

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tiger in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tiger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Tiger in a Sentence

  1. Ben Kingsley:

    When the tiger jumps at me I jumped in real life, it flew everywhere and it was so funny.

  2. Lori Spencer:

    I went to the window yesterday, she looked really good, really bored, and like a caged tiger, it was time to take her home. And man, it's nice to have her home.

  3. Tibetan Proverb:

    It is better to live for one day as a tiger than to live for a thousand years as a sheep.

  4. Robert Gippert:

    The essence of stem-cell treatment is that we can achieve an improvement in the quality of life of patients who cannot be helped by operations or medical treatment, just like in humans, the worn out joint of Igor the tiger will heal due to the regenerative and self-healing effects of stem cells, without the use of external materials.

  5. New Zealander Nobilo:

    The Masters is the first major of the year and the time when we take stock of where the game is, anyone born post-1980, like the players, will still notice Tiger's non participation.

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    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
    • A. investigating
    • B. trigger
    • C. accident
    • D. aspiration

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