KUTO

munting hayop na matatagpuan sa buhok ng tao at katawan ng hayop

kuto
louse, mite

kuto
cootie, cooty

kutuhin
prone to having lice on his or her body

kinuto
to become infected with lice

Kinuto na naman ang aso.
The dog has lice again.


The word kuto can also be used to describe someone who sticks to you and is difficult to get off of you.

kutong-lupa
ground louse

kutong-lupa
short person

kutong-lupa
“louse of the earth” / “louse living on dirt”

The term kutong-lupa is used for those who are pesky and annoying, especially kids. It’s a derogatory term for Manila’s street urchins (beggar children) who keeping pawing at you with dirty hands, asking for money — the way their fingers touch your bare forearms is akin to bugs crawling on your skin.