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.


  1. tiger

    A tiger is a large, carnivorous feline mammal species that belongs to the Panthera genus. Recognized by their distinct orange fur with black stripes and muscular bodies, they are renowned as one of Earth's most powerful predators. The different subspecies of tigers inhabit isolated parts of Asia, including rainforests, grasslands, and swampy areas. Regrettably, due to habitat loss and poaching, many subspecies are considered endangered. Tigers are also notable for their solitary behavior, with individual adults establishing their own territories.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TIGER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tiger is ranked #12715 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tiger surname appeared 2,428 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Tiger.

    43.9% or 1,066 total occurrences were White.
    38% or 924 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    7% or 171 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    6.1% or 149 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 102 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    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. Lindsey Vonn:

    I didn't think this could get any better than yesterday with my entire family here but now with Tiger here this is unbelievable, i said,' I can't believe you came.' And he said,' I told you.'.

  2. Tiger Woods:

    I missed a few putts out there, but Im not too bummed out about it, because I hit them on my lines, i can live with that. I can live with days when Im hitting putts on my lines and they just dont go in. Thats the way it goes. Tiger Woods KNOWS HES IN GOOD SHAPE AFTER SHOOTING 70 IN MASTERS FIRST ROUND With the incident behind him, hes looking to win his first major in 11 years. Tiger Woods placed second in the PGA Championship last year. Tiger finished the round with a 4-under 68, to give Tiger Woods 6-under for the championship, just a stroke behind leaders Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka. Injuries have made the star look human in recent years, but many are hoping this Masters tournament will mark his long overdue comeback. Woods last Masters victory came in 2005. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP.

  3. Lucas Bjerregaard:

    Just to get the chance to play against him today is pretty special, i'm pretty proud to say I beat Tiger Woods. Not many people can say that.

  4. Carson Daly:

    At times I feel like there’s a saber-tooth tiger right here, and it’s going to kill me, attack me, and bite my head off. I ’m scared as if that’s really happening. You feel like you’re dying.

  5. Ryder Cup:

    Rory has got that, he's one of the longest hitters in the world, and it looks like Tiger has got that back. That's going to be a big asset for him, rivalries are what sport is built on. For somebody to rise up this year and have a real head-to-head battle with Rory would be great for our sport.

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