1. (US) a ‘hootchy-kootchy’ dance, i.e. belly-dancing; thus cooch artiste/dancer, coocher, a belly dancer (cf. kootch n. (1)).
|implied in cooch show|
|in Variety 10 Sept. 20: Her ‘cooch’ [...] is also suggestive.|
|Variety 3 Sept. 77/3: Sheriffs refuse to stand for cooch dancers [DA].|
|(con. 1890s) Barbary Coast 132: Some of the most noted cooch artistes of the day appeared at the Midway Plaisance, among them [...] the original Little Egypt, who first danced in San Francisco in 1897, a few years after her triumphs in the Streets of Cairo show at the first Chicago World’s Fair.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 224: Goldie [...] offered to marry her to break up her affair with Polly the cootch dancer.|
|Headless Lady (1987) 33: One of the grass-skirted cooch dancers was knitting busily at a small pink sweater.|
|Thrilling Detective Winter [Internet] He was making things a little rough for Leota, our prettiest cooch dancer.‘The Ice Man Came’ in|
|(con. 1930s) Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968) 295: Sumner essayed to describe Fifi’s cooch and got all tangled up in a gnarl of rhetoric [...] ‘You know, Your Honour. Movements that suggest . . ’.|
|(con. late 19C) Wilder Shore 137: The Plaisance in its reinterpretations exposed the best of the coochers. Little Egypt showed her smooth round belly there.|
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2. (US) the vagina; thus, by metonymy, a woman.
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|Current Sl. II:2 9: Cooch, n. A desirable girl.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 54: cooch 1. [...] any woman. ‘I was twenty-four before I knew that a Bloody Mary wasn’t a cooch in her period.’.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 157: I’ve only got to sniff some white cooch, governor, and I’m there.|
|Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales 109: A half-naked soldier chasing a baby baboo [...] waving a Franklin in the air behind him calling cutchie-cutchie-cutchie!|
|in Westsiders 382: Cooch screamin’ / Meat cleanin’ / Creamin’ / Tag teamin’.|
|at www.incestquest.com [Internet] [cartoon caption] All I know is that my cootch was getting kinda sore.|
|The Force [ebook] Giving up her over-valued cooch for an extra spoonful of peanut butter.|
3. (US gay) an effeminate homosexual male.
|Queens’ Vernacular 72: stereotype effeminate homosexual [...] cooch.|
(US) a carnival sideshow featuring suggestive dancing.
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 16 Oct. 2/5: ‘One day I was told that I would have join the cooch show. I put my foot down and said i would not’.|
|Eve. Times-Republican (Marshalltown, IA) 5 Aug. 9/2: Shows Apparently Clean [...] The customary ‘cooch’ show, ‘Maid of the Mist,’ [...] and the union-suited ‘poses p[l]astique’ were absent.|
|in Variety 18 Feb. 11: The ‘cooch’ dance under its latest name of ‘shimmy.’.|
|Tampa Trib. (FL) 3 Sept. 4/4: Tia Juana [...] is a glorified strip of the old Barbary Coast in hell-roaring days. Everything is here from the 25-cent tent cooch show to the $1000 [...] spin of the roulette wheel.|
|Great Magoo 12: Me dancing myself blue in the face in this lousy cooch show.|
|Dead Ringer 21: Your cooch shows would be strips.|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 189: Keep your figure [...] If she blows wise [...] you can always go back to the cootch shows.|